Associated Press – November 5, 2008:

An airline crew used duct tape to keep a passenger in her seat because they say she became unruly, fighting flight attendants and grabbing other passengers, forcing the flight to land in North Carolina.

Maria Esther Castillo of Oswego, N.Y., is due in court Thursday, charged with resisting arrest and interfering with the operations of a flight crew aboard United Airlines Flight 645, from Puerto Rico to Chicago.

Castillo, (left) 45, struck a flight attendant on the buttocks with the back of her hand during Saturday’s flight, FBI Special Agent Peter Carricato said in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Charlotte. She also stood and fell onto the head of a blind passenger and later started pulling the person’s hair, the complaint stated.

Ankle cuffs kept slipping off Castillo, so the flight crew and two passengers were forced to use duct tape to keep her in her seat, the complaint states.

She calmed as the pilot diverted the flight to Charlotte-Douglass International Airport, but became disruptive again when authorities boarded the plane to remove her, authorities said.

  1. Improbus says:

    In this post 9/11 world flying is such a joy. Maybe they should just give all passengers sedatives. I know I would mind being under when the inevitable child start crying.

  2. Cow-Paddy says:

    Some Republicans are having a real difficult time coping. Please, be show some patience with them.

  3. Cow-Paddy says:

    RE#2, ARGHH,

    I’l get this right one of these days. In my self editing I didn’t delete the “be” after the “please” in the second sentence. I hope that makes more sense.

  4. Greg Allen says:

    Who suggested “danger airline” where you could just walk on, and take your chances? (Adam Carolla, maybe.)

    The cockpit would be ultra-fortified to prevent hijacking but as a passenger you’d take the risk but not have to show up two hours early.

    Could work!

  5. jbenson2 says:

    #3 No need to apologize. Your true intellect came through loud and clear on your first try.

  6. Ron Larson says:

    I like the top photo. But I can’t help but feel that she regretted the idea when it came time to remove the tape from her bare sensitive areas.

  7. Buzz says:

    Yeah, she definitely looks better in the duct tape than in the shot without the duct tape. It’s amazing how the eye can be distracted just enough to to make her look so much better with a little silver in the right places…

  8. James Hill says:

    #5 – Epic win for you.

    As for the tape, at least it was cleaner than the seat.


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