LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A passenger was arrested after video captured him punching a flight attendant during a flight from Mexico to Los Angeles Wednesday.
Video of the mid-air assault showed the passenger punching the flight attendant in the back of the head while they were in the aisle.
A 30-second video posted on social media showed the flight attendant appearing to talk to the passenger before he turned his back. The suspect then walks towards the attendant and punches him before walking away.
The incident happened on American Airlines Flight 377. That flight was destined to land at Los Angeles International Airport after taking off from Cabo San Lucas.
Footage captured the stunned reaction from other passengers on the plane.
A passenger on the plane told Eyewitness News that the flight attendant did not appear to be seriously injured and no one else on the flight was hurt. The witness, named Kevin, added that the suspect was restrained by other passengers and his hands were zip tied.
Before the assault, Kevin said the suspect began to whisper and said “There are 10 killers on the plane.”
“About that time the female flight attendant heard this and ran him back into coach. He sat there for a few, and then the male flight attendant went back there and confronted the guy,” Kevin said. “And the part of the video you see with him getting hit in the back of the head is him turning around, coming back to the front of the plane, and the guy just jumped up and hit him.”
The unruly passenger was arrested by law enforcement when the plane landed at LAX.
American Airlines said in a statement regarding the attack that acts of violence against crew members will not be tolerated.
“The individual involved in this incident will never be allowed to travel with us in the future, and we will work closely with law enforcement in their investigation,” the statement said.
“We thank our crew for their quick action and professionalism to ensure the safety of their fellow team members and customers on board. Our thoughts are with our injured flight attendant, and we are ensuring that they and their fellow crew members have the support they need at this time.”
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