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American Airlines Flight Disruption Blamed on ‘Mental Episode’

The American Airlines flight attendant whose rants about a possible crash and the Sept. 11 attacks prompted her plane’s crew to cancel takeoff had stopped taking medication for bipolar disorder, according to a police report.

Initially restrained by passengers, the 43-year-old attendant was handcuffed and put in leg restraints by officers when she resisted being taken from the plane during the March 9 incident, according to a Dallas-Fort Worth Airport police report. American Airlines declined to comment today on the incident.