UPDATE: Maxwell Berry has been sentenced to 60-day in jail followed by one year of supervised release, fined $2,500, and ordered to pay $1,500 in restoration over his August 1, 2021 incident onboard a Frontier Airlines flight to Miami. He must surrender himself by August 1, 2022.
Jordan Galarza, who Berry struck in the face with a closed first, and Tymerah Burgess, whose breasts were groped by Berry, were both present at the sentencing hearing and decried Berry’s light sentence, with Galarza telling Local 10 Miami:
“He made an enemy of everyone on that flight. The people on that aircraft saw justice happen — more than what we saw today.
“I think it’s a disgusting miscarriage of justice, in my opinion.”
Meanwhile, Berry’s attorney apologized on behalf of his client and Berry’s family, stating he was a good kid who just had a bad day and was sorry for his actions.
A 22-year-old man was duct-taped to his seat after assaulting a male flight attendant and groping two female flight attendants onboard a Frontier Airlines flight to Miami.
Man Gropes And Assaults Flight Attendants, Is Duct-Taped To His Seat On Frontier Airlines
Witnesses claim Maxwell Berry was drinking before his flight and onboard. In-flight, he became unruly and refused to follow flight attendant instructions. One passenger explained, “He started to get aggressive and basically attack the male flight attendant.” That was preceded by groping the breasts of two female flight attendants. A police report notes:
He came up from behind and put his arms around both of them and groped their breasts again.
The flight was traveling on Frontier 2239 from Philadelphia to Miami and rather than divert, the captain opted to continue to Miami. To protect others from him, Berry was duct-taped to his seat for the remainder of the flight. Local10 shares video and pictures of Berry duct-taped to his seat. He allegedly calmed down before the flight landed.
Police were waiting upon arrival in Miami and arrested him. He has been charged with three counts of misdemeanor battery. He also faces a large fine from the Federal Aviation Administration as part of its strict new policy meant to deter poor behavior onboard which escalated significantly during the pandemic.
Frontier Airlines noted:
“During a flight from Philadelphia to Miami on July 31, a passenger made inappropriate physical contact with a flight attendant and subsequently physically assaulted another flight attendant.
“As a result, the passenger needed to be restrained until the flight landed in Miami and law enforcement arrived. The flight attendants will be, as required in such circumstances, relieved of flying pending completion of investigation of the events.”
Alcohol-fueled incidents like this are sure to fuel further calls to restrict alcohol sales onboard. But the takeaway from this story is that duct-tape is a better option than diversions.
image: Miami Department of Corrections