An American Airlines passenger flying from Los Cabos, Mexico to Los Angeles was arrested and banned for life after assaulting a flight attendant. The incident took place on American Airlines Flight 377 on Wednesday and was captured by another passenger. The cellphone video was later released on social media and went viral. The plane landed at Los Angeles Airport at 3.30pm (local time) and the passengers were immediately evacuated by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officials. The Washington Post.
Los Angeles Airport Police arrested a man after allegedly assaulting a flight attendant on an American Airlines flight from Cabo. pic.twitter.com/2VDXxIqUfn
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A 33-second clip circulating on Twitter and other platforms shows a male flight attendant asking the passenger, “Are you threatening me?” As he turns and walks up the aisle, the passenger in the orange floral shirt runs up from behind and hits the flight attendant in the back of the head with his fist.
In the clip, other passengers can be heard shouting “Oh my God”. A passer-by says, “What are you doing?”
An airhostess is then seen coming to the rescue of the downed flight attendant. This was said by quoting an eyewitness The New York Post The attacker was restrained by other passengers using zip ties until he was removed from the flight.
In a statement, the US Department of Justice identified the attacker as 33-year-old Alexander Tung Ku Le, a resident of California. He has been charged with interfering with flight crew members, said The New York TimesHe faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
The The New York Times The episode began 20 minutes after Flight 377 left Los Cabos Airport. Citing an affidavit filed by the FBI, the outlet said Mr. Lay grabbed a flight attendant’s shoulder while she was serving food and drinks and asked for coffee. He then walked to the front of the plant and sat in an empty row near the first-class cabin, according to the affidavit. When another flight attendant asked Mr. Lake to return to his seat, he clenched both fists and assumed a “fighting stance,” the FBI said. The flight attendant then decided to report the behavior to the pilot and turned around after which Mr Lay attacked him.
American Airlines later issued a statement saying, “American Airlines does not tolerate acts of violence against our team members. The individual involved in this incident will not be allowed to travel with us in the future and we will work closely with law enforcement in their investigation.”
The statement thanked the crew members and said the airline was providing them with the assistance they needed.