Maxwell Berry names Twitter handle 'F**k Max Berry' to mock critics, boasts about wealth online
Just days after Maxwell Berry, an Ohio man, created headlines for unruly behavior on a Frontier Airlines flight, including allegedly groping two female attendants and punching a male crew member, he changed his Twitter handle to mock his critics online.
Berry, 32, changed his Twitter username to "F**k Max Berry" to reflect the popular or rather unpopular opinion that people had about him online, after a video of him physically assaulting a male flight staff as well as shouting at a female staff went viral on Twitter. The male flight attendant subdued Berry and tied him to a seat with duct tape, a video of which was also posted online. Berry was eventually arrested when the plane landed in Miami and was charged with three counts of battery and taken to Miami-Dade County jail. Later that day, he was released on a $1,500 bond.
Following the incident, he took to Twitter to post the following presently-deleted tweet: "This will forever be the most dehumanizing experience in my entire life. Many people laughed and ridiculed me as I was mistreated by staff of a PROFESSIONAL airline. Just to make matters worth this has gone 'viral' on the internet and will never disappear. My life will never be”. He also continued to boast about his wealth on social media — something that he was heard doing while yelling at one of the female flight attendants on the Frontier flight. In a tweet from August 4, he wrote, "You wanna see how rich I am? Everybody drop your cashapp below." He added in another tweet, "I was flying coach cause I like to be among the people." And another said, "is it still fuck Max Berry?"
I was flying coach cause I like to be among the people— Fuck max berry (@maxberry1998) August 5, 2021
is it still fuck Max Berry?— Fuck max berry (@maxberry1998) August 5, 2021
What happened on the flight?
The incident took place on a flight from Philadelphia to Miami on July 31. According to the police report, a drunk Maxwell Berry, 32, from Norwalk, Ohio, had brushed an empty cup against the backside of a flight attendant. He then spilled his new drink on his shirt, went to the bathroom to clean up and came out shirtless. A flight attendant tried to help him with a new change of clothes from his carry-on. After wandering around the airplane for 15 minutes, he proceeded to grope female flight attendants, the report said.
Frontier passenger allegedly touched 2 flight attendants breasts, then screamed his parents are worth $2 million, before punching a flight attendant. Frontier suspended the crew for duct taping the passenger to his seat as they landed in Miami. 22 yr old Max Berry is in custody. pic.twitter.com/4xS9Rwvafx— Sam Sweeney (@SweeneyABC) August 3, 2021
In one of the videos recorded of the incident, an unruly Berry is seen yelling at a female flight staff when she appeared to have confronted him regarding his behavior. Maxwell screamed “My parents are worth more than f**king 2 million goddamn dollars” and “My grandpa is worth more than your f**king life.” He then proceeded to punch a male staff member in the face before he was restrained in his seats with the help of duct tapes. Unable to move, Berry kept on yelling "help! help!" through the little he could speak from the duct tape covering half of his mouth. However, none of the passengers stepped forward to help him out.
Frontier Airlines' shifting stance on the incident
When it comes to Frontier Airlines, they have shifted their stance on whether they stand behind their flight crew's handling of the situation. Initially, they said that the flight crew was being suspended, "pending completion of an investigation."
However, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA President Sara Nelson called on Frontier Airlines to support the crew. "Flight Attendants have faced an onslaught of disruptions on our flights this year. The situation on Frontier this weekend is one of the worst examples," the statement read. "A drunk and irate passenger verbally, physically, and sexually assaulted multiple members of the crew. When he refused to comply after multiple attempts to de-escalate, the crew was forced to restrain the passenger with the tools available to them onboard."
Following the Union's statement, Frontier Airlines changed its stance and told multiple news outlets that the crew is on paid leave pending an investigation. "Frontier Airlines maintains the utmost value, respect, concern and support for all of our flight attendants, including those who were assaulted on this flight," spokeswoman Jennifer de la Cruz said in a statement. "We are supporting the needs of these team members and are working with law enforcement to fully support the prosecution of the passenger involved."