Video Shows American Airlines Employee Challenging Passenger to Fight Onboard Plane
- Author: Larry Hoffman Apr 22, 2017,
Apr 22, 2017, 18:01
"The flight attendant wrestled the stroller away from the woman, who was sobbing, holding one baby with the second baby in a vehicle seat on the ground next to her", Olivia Morgan told Q13 Fox.
Another passenger can be heard saying "he smacked her in the face with the stroller".
A video appearing to show an intense confrontation between passengers and an American Airlines flight attendant on a Dallas-bound flight has resulted in that attendant being removed from duty in very short order.
The clip, which was uploaded to Facebook, has been viewed over a million times.
American said in a statement the employee has been taken off duty and the incident is being investigated.
"What we see on this video does not reflect our values or how we care for our customers".
Although, the footage does not catch the moment when the flight attendant allegedly struck the woman, but the atmosphere in the cabin gets tense as a man steps in to defend her.
While the video on Facebook, which has been viewed almost 1 million times since its initial posting on Friday, doesn't show the removal of the baby carriage and the alleged physical harm caused to the woman, local media got more details from passengers onboard.
A male passenger walks to the front of the plane demanding to know the name of the employee who had taken the pushchair from her.
"I don't care what the story is, you don't hurt a baby", the passenger replied.
Standing in support of the woman, a passenger on board said, "You do that to me and I'll knock you flat".
Less than two weeks ago, a 69-year-old doctor, David Dao, was hospitalised after Chicago aviation police dragged him from a United Airlines plane sparking worldwide outrage and a public relations nightmare for the carrier.
"He volunteered - him and his wife - they volunteered, initially, for a second", said passenger Jay Anspach.
"He stormed by me with the stroller and I said something like, 'What are you doing?"
Mr Adyanthaya said the mother and her two children were escorted off of the flight, but the alleged employee was let back on board.
When they couldn't get any volunteers to give up their seats, United picked four passengers at random to be removed from the flight.
In an official statement, American Airlines stated: "What we see on this video does not reflect our values or how we care for our customers. C'mon, you don't know what the story is.".