Maria Esther Castillo Is United Airline Duct Tape Passenger

November 6, 2008
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Meet Maria Esther Castillo is United Airline duct tape passenger. The airline was forced to duct tape this woman to her seat during a flight, after she slapped a flight attendant on the butt, and pulled a blind person’s hair. Read more and see photos and video here.




Maria Esther Castillo is United Airline duct tape passenger. The crew used duct tape to keep Maria in her seat after she allegedly slapped a flight attendant on the butt and pulled a blind passenger’s hair.


Maria Esther Castillo Biography

Maria Esther Castillo is a 45-year old woman who is from Oswego, NY. During a flight from Puerto Rico to Chicago, she slapped a flight attendants butt and pulled a blind person’s hair. Attendants had to duct tape her to her seat in order to keep her contained, while they landed the plan early. She has now been charged with interfering with a flight crew. The crew diverted the plane to Charlotte, NC, where she was arrested.

According to FBI Special Agent Peter Carricato a passenger saw Castillo having drinks in an airport bar before she boarded, and she bought another drink on the plane.

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4 Responses to “Maria Esther Castillo Is United Airline Duct Tape Passenger”

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    cclaudel Says:

    Domestic flight crews have become so obnoxious, controlling, ego-driven and insolent since 9/11 that I would rather walk from California to New York than fly.

    I don’t drink and am a very courteous person in general. In fact, I would consider myself almost the “perfect passenger”. Yet, even asking a simple question to one of the stews becomes virtually a national incident.

    The airlines wonder why people are so miserable and sometimes even lose their minds on flights. Well, my simple answer: those that are committed to the looney bin – no matter how sane – will become insane at some point.

    Flying these days has become the equivalent of being sentenced to a term at Abu Ghraib.

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    sam Says:

    i dont agree with your comment, one bad experience does not mean they are all the same, and some passengers are obnoxious…btw if you expect something bad to happen,it will happen

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    Steve Jordan Says:

    I was in the Air Force for 6+ years and loved to fly! Now I would not fly if I were paid to do it!! It’s like taking a trip ina cattle car.

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    Geri Says:

    I agree with Steve and ccludel–the way passengers are treated by the airlines is intolerable. Stewards and gate attendants are arrogant, obnoxious and inconsiderate. I have not flown since 2006. On that flight, I forgot to get my coat out of the overhead bin and tried to go back after it when I realized my mistake–after going through the door at the top of the ramp. I had a short layover and knew from experience that if I did not run I would miss the connection, as the plane had landed late. The gate attendant refused to allow me to go back into the plane and the flight attendant she contacted refused to get it until after the plane was cleared. I left my coat and reported both to the airline in my incident note. Now, I do my business by telephone and web cam.