An American Airways passenger was detained by the FBI after allegedly assaulting an attendant on a flight from San José del Cabo, Mexico, to Los Angeles on Wednesday, officers mentioned.
Legislation enforcement have been ready for American Airways flight 377 when it landed in L.A. “as a result of an unruly passenger who bodily assaulted a flight attendant,” the airline mentioned in a press release.
It mentioned the plane was capable of land safely and taxied to the gate, the place legislation enforcement eliminated the passenger.
In video shared on social media, a flight attendant will be seen strolling away from a passenger after showing to inform them: “Yeah, that’s a no.” The passenger then runs up behind the attendant and seems to sucker punch them at the back of their head, prompting different passengers to cry out, with one shouting: “Oh my God!” It was not instantly clear what led as much as the incident.
The FBI confirmed that a person had been detained on a flight from Mexico to Los Angeles on suspicion of interfering with a flight crew, a federal offense.
American Airways mentioned it will be working carefully with legislation enforcement in an investigation into the incident.
The airline additionally mentioned the passenger would “by no means be allowed to journey with us sooner or later.”
“Acts of violence in opposition to our staff members will not be tolerated by American Airways,” it mentioned.
Thanking crew members for leaping into motion following the incident, the airline mentioned: “Our ideas are with our injured flight attendant, and we’re making certain that they and their fellow crew members have the assist they want at the moment.”
U.S. airways reported a dramatic rise in disruptive or violent incidents in 2021, with the Federal Aviation Administration logging 5,981 “unruly passenger experiences.” Most appeared to contain federal necessities that face masks be worn as a result of pandemic, in accordance with the FAA.