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An American Airlines flight departing from Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) on Wednesday, January 31, experienced a disturbance onboard as the plane began its descent into Charlotte, NC. A passenger onboard, who was seated in the rear of the plane, reportedly charged towards the cockpit from her seat and attacked three airline crew members during the flight after being restrained.

Image by Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office

Charlene Sarieann Harriott, 36, was arrested after landing in Charlotte. The crew was seated and preparing for descent when Harriott jumped out of her seat and ran down the aisle. Flight attendants ordered Harriott to go back to her seat. She ignored the crew’s instructions and the flight attendants were forced to chase her down the aisle.

After the crew got hold of Harriott, they restrained her with duct tape and zip ties in the first-class cabin. But that only stopped Harriott briefly — she then became extremely aggressive and “physically violent toward the flight crew,” according to The Charlotte Observer. Harriott bit one of the flight attendants on the arm causing bleeding. She kicked another flight attendant in the leg and abdomen and hit a third crew member. All three were taken to the onsite American Airlines clinic for treatment after disembarking.

The FBI has charged Harriott with three counts of assault and battery for interfering with the flight crew. She is being held in jail in Charlotte. According to The Observer, a federal judge ordered her to remain in custody until a detention hearing next week.

Featured image by John Gress / Getty Images

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