Video of Frontier Airlines Passenger Being Taped to Seat Watched Over 9 Million Times

A clip of a Frontier Airlines passenger verbally abusing and attacking crew members before being strapped to his seat with tape has been viewed more than nine million times.

Maxwell Berry, 22, of Norwalk, Ohio, has been charged with three counts of assault following an incident that occurred on a flight between Philadelphia and Miami on Saturday.

Part of the alleged altercation was recorded by ABC News reporter Sam Sweeney, who posted the footage onto Twitter.

"Frontier passenger allegedly touched 2 flight attendants' breasts, then screamed his parents are worth $2 million, before punching a flight attendant," Sweeney tweeted. "Frontier suspended the crew for duct taping the passenger to his seat as they landed in Miami."

The clip has since gone viral, getting retweeted more than 42,000 times and viewed nearly 10 million times on the social network.

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

During the footage, Berry can be heard screaming "my parents are worth more than f*****g two million god damn dollars, and you know what, you f*****g suck."

Berry adds that his grandfather is "worth more than this f*****g plane," and yelling "shut the f**k up" at crew members who are speaking to him.

The footage shows Berry allegedly punching a male crew member while others try to restrain him. Before this incident, Berry is alleged to have groped the breasts of two female flight attendants.

Sweeney's footage ends with the 22-year-old seen being taped into his seat, prompting laughs and cheers from the other passengers.

In a statement to Newsweek, a spokesperson for Frontier Airlines said that the flight attendants will be "relieved of flying" pending an investigation "as required in such circumstances."

The move was criticized by the Association of Flight Attendants, who said they should have supported the crew members during "one of the worst examples" of a passenger disruption they have seen this year.

"A drunk and irate passenger verbally, physically, and sexually assaulted multiple members of the crew," President Sara Nelson said in a statement. "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. We are supporting the crew.

"Management suspended the crew as a knee-jerk reaction to a short video clip that did not show the full incident. Management should be supporting the crew at this time not suspending them," Nelson added.

"We will be fighting this with every contractual and legal tool available, but we would hope there will be no need for that as management comes to their senses and supports the people on the frontline charged with keeping all passengers safe."

The incident came after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reported a sharp increase in cases of unruly passengers on U.S. airlines. According to FAA data, there have been 3,715 incidents of unruly passengers on board flights so far this year, as of August 1.

Of these, 628 have resulted in investigations, more than three times the 183 investigations that were launched throughout the entirety of 2020.

In a follow-up statement, Frontier said that the airline "maintains the utmost value, respect, concern and support for all of our flight attendants, including those who were assaulted on this flight."

"We are supporting the needs of these team members and are working with law enforcement to fully support the prosecution of the passenger involved. The inflight crew members' current paid leave status is in line with an event of this nature pending an investigation," the second statement said.

The Miami-Dade Police Department has been contacted for comment.

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A Frontier airlines plane lands at the Miami International Airport on June 16, 2021 in Miami, Florida. Miami International Airport. A clip of a Frontier Airlines passenger verbally abusing and attacking crew members before being strapped to his seat with tape has been viewed more than 10 million times. Getty Images