Amanda Henry: Drunk Spirit Airlines passenger zip-tied for punching flight attendant

Amanda Henry: Drunk Spirit Airlines passenger zip-tied for punching flight attendant
Amanda Henry assaulted flight attendant aboard a Nashville bound Spirit Airlines flight (Metro Nashville Police Department/Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A Spirit Airlines passenger turned unruly mid-air after which she had to be restrained. The airlines' crew has refused to file charges against the woman who has been identified as Amanda Henry. She allegedly assaulted the flight attendants on the Fort Lauderdale to Nashville-bound flight on Saturday, November 27. 

Untoward behavior towards flight crew and sometimes towards fellow passengers has been on an uptick in the past couple of years. In 2020, before the pandemic shut everything down, a drunk man named James Clayton Cholewinski-Boy, 32 had allegedly touched the arm of a woman sitting next to him which she immediately brushed off. However, he kept up with his advances and went ahead to grab her crotch after which she asked him to back off firmly. Cholewinski-Boy was drunk when this incident happened and one of the charges against him was public intoxication after he was arrested when the plane landed in Tulsa. Earlier this year Ohio man Maxwell Berry groped female staff on a Frontier Airlines flight after which he was restrained. He yelled at staff saying his parents were worth 2 million. Berry was arrested after landing but made bond immediately. He then went on to Twitter to boast about his wealth after being trolled for flying coach despite bragging about his parents' wealth. He set his Twitter name to F*ck Max Berry to mock critics further. 


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Henry is said to have attacked two flight attendants, punching one and pulling the other's hair, members of the crew told the on-ground officers at Nashville International Airport around 7 pm on November 27. The Tennessean reports that Spirit Airlines spokesperson Nicole Aguiar did not comment on any details except for saying that officers removed "a passenger for unruly behavior". She also confirmed that Henry has been banned from all of their flights. "We do not tolerate aggressive behavior of any kind, and this passenger is no longer welcome on any of our flights," Aguiar said in an email. "Thank you to our guests who assisted our crew and local law enforcement for their assistance. We will work with the relevant authorities to ensure this individual is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," she added.

An affidavit reveals that Henry reeked of alcohol, her speech was slurred, and her eyes were bloodshot. Henry's hands were tied with flex cuffs and her feet were restrained with zip-ties, the affidavit further revealed. After being deplaned she told officers that she drank "a lot." Reports say she yelled at officers after being arrested and used expletives. Henry yelled "I didn't do anything wrong" and "shoot me" according to the affidavit. She also resisted getting into the police vehicle by stiffening her legs in order to obstruct the door. She was brought to Davidson County Sheriff's Office around 8:40 pm on Saturday night and made bond at 6 am on Sunday, November 28. 

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