Plane To Chicago Delayed In Dallas After Struggle With Flight Attendant

UPDATED 03/09/12 6:00 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — An American Airlines flight headed to Chicago had to return to the gate at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Friday morning, following a struggle that occurred after a flight attendant made disturbing references to Sept. 11 and the plane crashing.

Passengers say the flight attendant on American Airlines Flight 2332 showed early signs of erratic behavior.

“When we first got in and boarded, she said, ‘Oh, I forgot to take my meds,'” Luann Webber tells CBS 2’s Mai Martinez when the flight eventually made it to Chicago.

The flight attendant’s comments over the public-address system drew even more attention.

“She said she would not be responsible for the plane crashing,” Greg  Lozano said.

Several passengers sprang into action, and others recorded what happened next with their cell phones. Brad LeClear was one of the men who helped restrain the flight attendant.

“She spoke about 9/11,” he said. “I thought, right there, PTSD — she’s having a breakdown,” he said.

According to a law enforcement official, several other passengers restrained the woman while the jet taxied back to the gate. Passengers say the disruptive flight attendant was taken off the plane in handcuffs.

The airline says two flight attendants were taken to a hospital for treatment, but American did not say what they were being treated for, CBS DFW reported.

The airline replaced the crew and the plane took off for O’Hare International Airport at 9:46 a.m.

“We will ensure that the affected flight attendants receive proper care, and we commend our other crew members for their assistance in quickly getting the aircraft back to the gate so that customers could be re-accommodated,” American Airlines spokeswoman Mary Frances Fagan said in a statement. “Our customers were not in danger at any time.”

The Chicago author of a study on so called “air rage” says she’s not totally surprised at what happened. Joyce Hunter is a retired flight attendant who wrote “Anger in the Air.”

Flight attendants are often under job stress, she says.  “They might talk to other flight attendants about, ‘I want to scream,’ or ‘I just want to take that passenger and strangle them.’”

She also says the effects of prescription drugs can be unpredictable when combined with high altitude flying over long periods.

CBS DFW contributed to this report.

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  • concerned citizen

    “Flight Attendant Restained [sic]”? Uhm, I didn’t know she was stained.

  • Money Talks, Laws Walk

    Maybe FoxNews will hire her as a reporter. when she gets out of her straightjacket.

    • concerned citizen

      Hey, I like Fox News. They’re fair and unbalanced. Uhm, imbalanced. Uhm…

  • madashell

    Comments posted on other news sites regarding this incident states the libelous nature of the comments about the flight attendant. Many people make up stories about other people for sensationalism and their gains. The whisleblower has always been demonized in societies where people of the status quo don’t want it upset. Perhaps she put herself on the line to save others, don’t we all know of some airline story that was sabotaged from the list of TV docudramas created from real life situations??????.

  • watching2012

    hey morons in the editing dept. Who proofs this stuff , Idiots? Restained….. how long you gonna leave this up here?

  • leprechaun for a day

    Why was she stained? Stewardesses are supposed to be squeaky-clean!

  • Vera Charles

    Does anyone at CBS Chicago actually look at this website? It appears that the writing and editing are done by staff that are not native English speakers or are in the 3rd grade. Clean up your act!

    • leprechaun for a day

      Undoubtedly, some jigaboo.

  • leprechaun for a day

    Presumably, one must be “stained” (in the first place) in order to be “restained” (i.e., “stained” yet again).

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