Friday 29 October 2021
“One of the worst attacks”
The passenger who attacked the flight attendant
It was one of the worst incidents in the history of American Airlines: in the middle of the plane, a passenger hit a maid in the face. Even after the incident, the passenger could not be restrained – he was banned from home for life. Meanwhile, the FBI is investigating.
A first-class passenger on a US scheduled flight attacked the maid, triggering an unplanned stop in Denver. “This is one of the worst scenes of bad behavior we’ve ever seen,” said Doug Parker, president of American Airlines. Looking at the attacker, he said in a video message: “I can assure you that this person will never be allowed to fly on American Airlines again.”
Parker called for an end to the growing violence on planes. The Association of Professional Aviation Assistants (APFA) has announced that the victim is currently being discharged from the hospital. The incident happened Wednesday evening on a flight from New York to California.
The ABC broadcast quoted a source familiar with the investigation as saying that the flight attendant had accidentally collided with a passenger and apologized for it. The man then went to the galley and assaulted the woman twice. Then he returned to his seat as if nothing had happened.
“Blood splashes on your mask”
The ABC cited the accounts of passengers who said the person was drunk. After the attack, he had to be handcuffed in his seat. One of the passengers said he saw the flight attendant later. “There was blood on the outside of her mask.” According to Parker, American Airlines operated the FBI and would do everything possible to bring the culprit to justice. They work with the FAA, which can impose fines of up to $ 50,000 (, 42,800) in such cases.
This year, the FAA team has recorded more than 4,940 reports of unruly travelers to date. 3580 incidents related to the need for masks have been reported. More than 920 investigations have been launched. For comparison: According to the FAA, there were 183 investigations throughout 2020. Due to increasing incidents, the FAA now has a zero tolerance policy according to its own information.
The AFA union released a survey in July stating that 85 percent of flight attendants had to handle unruly passengers in the first half of the year. More than half have experienced at least five incidents during this period. 17 percent said it was a “physical incident.”
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