Disruptive 11-Year-Old Restrained on Plane Was Zip-Tied, Not Duct-Taped: Airline

August 12, 2021

An 11-year-old boy, reportedly with special needs, was restrained in his seat on board an American Airlines flight after becoming disruptive. Video taken on the plane by another passenger shows a flight attendant coming down the aisle with what appears to be duct tape. But American Airlines says that flex cuffs, also known as zip ties, were ultimately used to restrain the boy, not duct tape. After an emergency landing, the boy and his family were taken off the flight. No arrests were made.

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