A passenger who allegedly punched a flight attendant in the head on an American Airlines flight from Mexico to Los Angeles was taken into custody after the plane landed on Wednesday..
The airline 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 after the alleged attack took place during the flight, said the man was arrested on suspicion of interfering with a flight crew, a federal crime.
A video taken by passenger Barrie Livingstone shows a flight attendant standing in the aisle, facing the back of the plane, asking the passenger: “Are you threatening me. Are you threatening me?” He then turns around and starts heading to the front of the plane.
At this point, the passenger is seen rushing up to him and punching him hard before returning to his seat.
Malik Earnest, a producer for CBS San Diego affiliate KFMB-TV who was on board, quoted “witnesses” as saying fellow passengers “helped restrain the suspect until the plane landed.” Los Angeles airport police escorted him off the plane.
His identity was not immediately released.
American Airlines issued a statement saying the passenger “physically assaulted a flight attendant” and “will not be allowed to travel with us again in the future.”