American Airlines Flight Sent Back to Gate After Flight Attendant Rants Over PA About Crashing
Passengers have been told to expect to be on the plane for a while. Police, TSA and FBI have all been called to the scene. Christakos said a second flight attendant was injured during the incident.
"We're going to be stuck here forever," Christakos said.
I have a call into American and will update this with their official response, or any other information that comes through, when we get it.
Update, 9:55: Forever, it turns out, wasn't as long as it could have been. No word from American, but Christakos says the flight attendant crew was swapped out for a new one, the cops are gone and the plane is about to take off. The original pilots, who never left the cockpit during or after the incident, will man the flight.
Update, 11:23: Just got this from American:
This morning Flight 2332 had left the gate at DFW bound for Chicago, when an incident occurred involving some of the cabin crew. The aircraft returned to the gate, where it was met by Department of Public Safety officers. Two flight attendants were taken to local hospitals for treatment. We continue to investigate the details and circumstances and will have no further comment at this time.
We will ensure that the affected flight attendants receive proper care, and we commend our other crew members for their assistance in quickly getting the aircraft back to the gate so that customers could be re-accommodated. Our customers were not in danger at any time.
The cabin crew was replaced. The flight departed for Chicago at 9:46 a.m., and is scheduled to land around noon. We apologize for any inconvenience to our customers and we appreciate their patience and understanding.
Update, 12:28: The plane is on the ground, and Bethany Christakos, the Friend of Unfair Park who originally tipped us to the story, says the flight went smoothly, thanks to the new flight attendants' liberal pouring of booze.
"The attendants were nicer than I ever seen," she says. "They completely ran out of alcohol." They didn't announce that the bar was open, Christakos says. But "if you said, 'I want a drink,' they would just get it for you."
Update: 3:06 p.m.: A cell phone video.
She deplaned to find a message from Good Morning America on her voicemail and camera crews at the gate.