A passenger who allegedly punched a flight attendant in the back of the head for the duration of an American Airways flight from Mexico to Los Angeles was taken into custody soon after the airplane landed Wednesday,.
The carrier reported in a statement that the incident occurred on Flight 377 from San José del Cabo to Los Angeles Global Airport (LAX).
The FBI, which is managing the investigation considering that the alleged assault occurred in-flight, claimed the man was detained on suspicion of interfering with a flight crew, a federal offense.
Video taken by a passenger, Barrie Livingstone, shows the flight attendant standing in the aisle, going through the back of the plane, inquiring a passenger, “Are you threatening me. Are you threatening me?” He then turns all around and begins heading for the front of the airplane.
At that position, a passenger is seen dashing up to him and punching him, hard, in advance of returning to his seat.
A producer for CBS San Diego affiliate KFMB-Television set, Malik Earnest, who was on board, cited “witnesses” who mentioned fellow passengers “aided restrain” the suspect till the flight landed. He was led off the airplane by Los Angeles Airport Police.
His identity was not straight away unveiled.
American Airlines issued a assertion saying the passenger “physically assaulted a flight attendant” and “will under no circumstances be allowed to journey with us in the long term.”
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