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Violent Passenger Restrained With Duct Tape, Zip Ties After Storming Cockpit

The passenger was on an American Airlines flight Wednesday morning from Dallas/Fort Worth to Charlotte

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    Federal agents say an airline passenger was zip-tied and duct-taped after she ran toward the front of the plane and attacked the crew members.

    A criminal complaint filed in federal court says the event happened on an American Airlines flight Wednesday morning from Dallas/Fort Worth to Charlotte.

    According to the FBI complaint, as AA Flight 1033 was preparing to land in Charlotte, Charlene Harriott got up from her seat near the back of the plane, ran toward the front and ignored flight attendants' instructions to sit down.

    Authorities say flight attendants, who were already in their jump seats after preparing the plane for landing, jumped up and chased after Harriott. The flight attendants then restrained her with duct tape and zip ties in the first-class section. While restrained, Harriott became "more violent" and bit one flight attendant in the arm and kicked another, the FBI agent wrote.

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    A criminal complaint filed Thursday says she faces a charge of interfering with a flight crew.

    An FBI spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to an email asking if Harriott has an attorney. Jail records show she was being held Thursday night.