American Airlines Flight 377 was en route to Angels After departure from San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, when a mid-flight accident occurred. Law enforcement was waiting at the gate to catch a “naughty passenger who physically assaulted a flight attendant,” according to the airline.
The FBI is investigating the alleged assault because it happened during the flight and therefore Falls under federal jurisdiction. The agency said the man was arrested on suspicion of interfering with cabin crew – a federal crime.
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American Airlines statement confirmed that the plane was able to land safely and take the taxi to the gate where the authorities were waiting.
Saad Mohseni posted a video of the incident on Twitter, and said that his friend Barry Livingston, one of the passengers on the plane, filmed the violent confrontation.
Mohseni alleged that the passenger got angry when the flight attendant refused to allow him to use the first-class bathroom.
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The video clip shows the flight attendant standing in the aisle facing the back of the plane and can be heard asking a passenger, “Are you threatening me? Are you threatening me?”
The flight attendant turns around and begins to walk to the front of the aircraft when the passenger rushes into the camera view, running behind him. The passenger appears to hit the flight attendant in the back of the head before she immediately turns around and walks in the opposite direction down the aisle.
product for KFMB-TV, a subsidiary of CBS San Diegowas on the plane and spoke to witnesses who said other passengers helped restrain the suspect until the flight reached its destination.
The identity of the suspect has not been revealed.
American Airlines said it was working closely with law enforcement to investigate the assault and said the passenger in question would “never be permitted to fly with us in the future.”
“American Airlines does not tolerate acts of violence against members of our team,” the statement read.
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American Airlines thanked the crew members on board for dealing with the incident and added: “Our thoughts are with the injured flight attendant, and we are ensuring that they and their fellow crew members have the support they need at this time.”
in Canada, Troubled passengers reports There will be a significant increase on flights in 2021, according to unions that represent flight attendants at major airlines. Many incidents of passenger non-compliance are related to the mask mandate that has been put in place to protect passengers and crew during COVID-19 pandemic.
The airlines reported that 330 passengers to Transport Canada refused to wear a mask during July and August, twice the number of accidents reported in April and May.
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