Yesterday afternoon, video footage captured a male airline passenger punching a male flight attendant in mid-air.
The American Airlines flight was en route to Los Angeles International airport from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
According to witnesses, the aggressor was infuriated after being told he couldn’t use the bathroom.
This man wasn’t headed for the facilities while the seatbelt sign was turned on, a common mistake indeed.
His bathroom privileges were revoked because he was a coach passenger desperate to see if the rumors about the first class bathrooms were true.
Footage just prior to the attack revealed the flight attendant twice asking the assailant, “Are you threatening me?”
That prompted the American Airlines employee to walk away, the rational move when threatened with violence.
Moments later, the crazed man cocked his right arm back and delivered a rather unimpressive blow to the back of the flight attendant’s head. To clarify, it was unimpressive compared to former Heavyweight champion Mike Tyson’s recent altercation with an inebriated passenger.
Barrie Livingstone, the man who recorded the scene, said the recipient of the punch was “shocked” by the man’s overreaction.
The guilty party, dawning a Hawaiian short-sleeve button down, was quickly subdued by four willing passengers.
Livingstone added that once all four extremities were zip tied, it became apparent they were dealing with someone that’s a few cards shy of a full deck.
He sort of had Tourette’s [syndrome] and would just lash out and start screaming and shouting about being the messiah and feeling misunderstood,” said Livingstone.
It doesn’t appear this man will be flying with American Airlines anytime soon.
“The individual involved in this incident will never be allowed to travel with us in the future, and we will work closely with law enforcement in their investigation,” said the airline in a statement.
There’s also a chance he doesn’t see the light of day for quite some time. The FBI is investigating possible “interference with a flight crew,” a federal offense with a 20-year maximum jail sentence attached.