UPDATED | Breaking: Flight Attendant Rants About Bankruptcy, Causes Jet to Return to Gate
UPDATE: 1:26pm PST: CNN Newsource is distributing a video of the flight attendants out burst on board. I truly hope it’s just a case of her forgetting to take medication.
UPDATE: 11:54am PST: The Dallas News is now reporting that a witness overheard the flight attendant in question stating that she had forgotten to take her medication for bi-polar disorder.
The Dallas Morning News’ “The Scoop” blog reported this morning that American Airlines Flight 2332 from Dallas (DFW) to Chicago (ORD) was taxiing out for departure when the Captain requested to return to the gate due to an altercation.
This time, the problem was the flight attendant. Passengers reported that one of the flight attendants on board began ranting over the public address system about American’s bankruptcy and reorganization. Preliminary reports also say that she kept insisting the plane was going to crash.
The Dallas Police are confirming something happened onboard this morning: ”Dallas police advised the FAA that there had apparently been an altercation on the aircraft and as a result, the pilot requested to return. Dallas police, the TSA, the FAA, and American Airlines will be involved in an investigation of the incident.”
The flight attendant was subdued by six male passengers on board before returning to the gate.
This raises the question, post Steven Slater, is there something to be said for stress caused by the flight attendant position and a company announcing changes and cutbacks which affect employees’ livelihood?