A passenger who allegedly hit a flight attendant in the back of the head on an American Airlines flight from Mexico to Los Angeles was taken into custody after the plane landed on Wednesday,.
The carrier said in a statement that the incident occurred on flight 377 from San José del Cabo to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
The FBI, which is investigating since the alleged attack happened on a flight, said the man was taken into custody on suspicion of obstructing a flight crew, a federal offense.
In a video taken by a passenger, a flight attendant can be seen standing in the aisle, facing the back of the plane, and asking the passenger: “You’re threatening me. You’re threatening me?” He then turns around and heads towards the front of the plane.
At that moment, the passenger is seen rushing towards him and punching him, hard, before returning to his seat.
A producer for CBS San Diego affiliate KFMB-TV, Malik Earnest, who was on the plane, cited “witnesses” who said fellow passengers “helped restrain” the suspect until the flight landed. He was escorted off the plane by Los Angeles airport police.
His identity was not immediately released.
American Airlines released a statement saying the passenger “physically assaulted a flight attendant” and that he “will never be able to travel with us in the future.”