Airline Bans Man for Assaulting Flight Attendant
(TheRedWire.com) – Over the last two years, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has noted an uptick in violent acts against flight attendants. Since January, the FAA has received 1,973 reports that people acted improperly on flights. While the pandemic pressures that led to much of the bad behavior by unruly passengers are gone, one flight attendant onboard an American Airlines flight from Cabos to Los Angeles wasn’t so fortunate.
An unnamed man became irate after a male member of the crew said he could not use the first-class restroom. When the attendant turned his back, the assailant ran toward him, punched him in the back of the head, and returned to his seat. Stunned passengers asked the man what he was thinking.
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American Airlines banned the man from ever flying with them again for his behavior. The FBI opened an investigation and charged him with interfering with a flight crew, a federal offense.
A company spokesperson said American Airlines wouldn’t tolerate violence onboard their aircraft. The official said the airline is working closely with the investigation by law enforcement and thanked the crew for their professionalism and quick response to help the injured flight attendant in need. The spokesperson added their thoughts were with the injured employee, and the workers had the company’s support.
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