An unruly passenger aboard an American Airlines flight was caught on camera punching a flight attendant in the back of his head.
When the flight, which was traveling from Mexico to Los Angeles, California, finally landed, authorities arrested the rude passenger at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
American Airlines confirmed to CBS News that the alleged attack took place on Flight 377 from San Jose del Cabo to LAX on Wednesday.
The man was removed from the plane after it landed in Los Angeles and arrested on suspicion of interfering with a flight crew, which is a federal offense, according to the FBI, which is handling the investigation.
While on board the flight, Barrie Livingstone recorded a short video of the fight between the suspect and the flight attendant and shared it on social media.
The short clip shows the flight attendant in the aisle of the plane asking the passenger, dressed in an orange floral shirt, if they are threatening them.
‘Are you threatening me. Are you threatening me?’ the flight attendant asks before turning to the front of the plane.
Then the ill-mannered passenger can be seen running up to the flight attendant and hitting him hard on the back of the head with a clenched fist before returning to his seat.
‘Oh my God!’ another passenger immediately exclaims after the man hits the flight attendant. ‘What are you doing?’
KFMB-TV producer Malik Earnest, who was aboard the flight, said passengers took action to help contain the alleged assault until the plane landed and he was removed by police.
In a statement, American Airlines said the passenger who ‘physically assaulted a flight attendant’ will not be welcome on its planes again in the future.
The Association of Professional Flight Attendants, a union representing more than 24,000 flight attendants who work for the airline, denounced the alleged assault in a statement, noting that this is the type of ‘dangerous’ and ‘life-threatening’ behavior. which puts flight attendants at risk for the diary.
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Source : metro.co.uk