A passenger who allegedly punched a flight attendant in the again of the head for the duration of an American Airlines flight from Mexico to Los Angeles was taken into custody immediately after the airplane landed Wednesday,.
The carrier said in a assertion that the incident transpired on Flight 377 from San José del Cabo to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
The FBI, which is handling the investigation considering the fact that the alleged assault transpired in-flight, stated the gentleman was detained on suspicion of interfering with a flight crew, a federal offense.
Video taken by a passenger, Barrie Livingstone, demonstrates the flight attendant standing in the aisle, experiencing the back of the airplane, inquiring a passenger, “Are you threatening me. Are you threatening me?” He then turns all around and commences heading for the front of the airplane.
At that issue, a passenger is noticed hurrying up to him and punching him, tough, in advance of returning to his seat.
A producer for CBS San Diego affiliate KFMB-Television, Malik Earnest, who was on board, cited “witnesses” who said fellow travellers “assisted restrain” the suspect right until the flight landed. He was led off the airplane by Los Angeles Airport Law enforcement.
His identification was not instantly produced.
American Airlines issued a statement saying the passenger “physically assaulted a flight attendant” and “will in no way be allowed to vacation with us in the potential.”
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