A passenger who allegedly punched a flight attendant in the back of the head for the duration of an American Airlines flight from Mexico to Los Angeles was taken into custody following the airplane landed Wednesday,.
The carrier claimed in a assertion that the incident happened on Flight 377 from San José del Cabo to Los Angeles Worldwide Airport (LAX).
The FBI, which is handling the investigation due to the fact the alleged assault transpired in-flight, said the person was detained on suspicion of interfering with a flight crew, a federal offense.
Video clip taken by a passenger, Barrie Livingstone, demonstrates the flight attendant standing in the aisle, experiencing the back of the airplane, asking a passenger, “Are you threatening me. Are you threatening me?” He then turns close to and commences heading for the front of the plane.
At that stage, a passenger is viewed speeding up to him and punching him, really hard, right before returning to his seat.
A producer for CBS San Diego affiliate KFMB-Television, Malik Earnest, who was on board, cited “witnesses” who explained fellow travellers “assisted restrain” the suspect until the flight landed. He was led off the aircraft by Los Angeles Airport Law enforcement.
His identity was not immediately released.
American Airways issued a statement declaring the passenger “bodily assaulted a flight attendant” and “will in no way be permitted to vacation with us in the long term.”
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