Passenger says American Airlines flight attendant almost hit baby

The woman who sobbed after an American Airlines flight attendant took her stroller now has a lawyer, Demetrio, who also represents the Kentucky doctor who was dragged from a United Express flight earlier in the month.

Attorney Thomas Demetrio said he has been contacted by the woman caught on camera in the midst of a confrontation with an American Airlines flight attendant which showed the man taking her stroller and almost striking her baby.

"You do that to me, and I'll knock you flat", he said, half-standing from his seat, jabbing a finger at the attendant. The flight attendant responded by taunting the passenger to hit him.

American Airlines said it grounded a flight attendant who got into a verbal confrontation with a passenger on a Friday flight from San Francisco to Dallas-Fort Worth. No one volunteered, so the airline generated a list of four names to be removed from the flight and re-accommodated, per by the airline's contract of carriage.

The attorney for Dr. David Yao, the man violently dragged off a United Airlines plane on April 9, had plenty to say in his first television interview this morning.

"He snapped when he shouldn't have", Harteveldt said.

This incident follows the United Airlines' incident in which one of their passengers was aggressively dragged off an overbooked flight.

The situation escalated as other American Airlines staff members boarded the plane. The unidentified flight attendant yells back for the man to mind his own business. We need to get all the facts surrounding these incidents.

The airline said that it saw the video and started an investigation "to obtain the facts". "I don't want to make a big deal about it", Fierro told WFAA, an ABC affiliate in Dallas. What we see on this video does not reflect our values or how we care for our customers.

Bob Ross, president of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), released a separate statement about the incident.

Asked if there will also be a lawsuit by the mother against American Airlines-which was far more responsive than United to the respective incidents-Demetrio said he wasn't sure yet. After electing to take another flight, we are taking special care of her and her family and upgrading them to first class for the remainder of their global trip.

Had the employee done so, Ross said, the flight would have been canceled and all the passengers stranded because there were no backup flight attendants in San Francisco.

  • Zachary Reyes