A passenger who allegedly punched a flight attendant in the back of the head during an American Airlines flight from Mexico to Los Angeles was detained after the plane landed on Wednesday,.
The airline said in a statement that the accident occurred on Flight 377 from San Jose del Cabo to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
The FBI, which has been in charge of the investigation since the alleged assault occurred during the flight, said the man was arrested on suspicion of interfering with cabin crew, which is a federal crime.
Video taken by a passenger shows a flight attendant standing in the aisle, facing the rear of the plane, and asking a passenger, “Are you threatening me. Are you threatening me?” Then he turns around and starts heading to the front of the plane.
At that point, a passenger was seen lunging at him and hitting him hard before returning to his seat.
Malik Earnest, a KFMB-TV affiliate CBS San Diego producer who was on the plane, cited “witnesses” who said passengers “helped restrain” the suspect until the plane landed. Los Angeles Airport police took him off the plane.
His identity was not immediately revealed.
American Airlines released a statement saying that the passenger “physically assaulted a flight attendant” and “will never be permitted to fly with us in the future.”