Video: Passenger assaults American Airlines flight attendant

rough journey

Friday afternoon turned violent for the crew of an American Airlines flight, as an unruly passenger attacked a flight attendant on the plane.

Photo: AeroXplorer | Raul Sepúlveda

The flight in question was operated on an Airbus A321, operating flight AA377 from San Jose del Cabo (SJD/MMSD) to Los Angeles (LAX/KLAX).

Request

Approximately thirty minutes after take-off, passenger Alexander Tung Kou Lee asked to be seated in an empty seat in first class, but was later prevented by the cabin crew from doing so. A little later, an eyewitness recalls the untamed passenger whispering, “There are 10 killers on board.” What happened next is remembered by a passenger on the flight:

“… at that time, the flight attendant heard this (whisper) and ran to the bus (economy) … then the flight attendant went back there and confronted the man.”

attack

When the male flight attendant re-entered the first-class cabin, Lu jumped out of his seat, climbed onto the flight attendant—who had her back turned away from her attacker—and proceeded to punch the flight attendant in the back of the plane. Head before running backwards to sit in an economy seat.

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Towards the end of the video, passengers are seen getting up, likely to restrain the now hostile passenger. A flight attendant is also seen retrieving what appears to be a restriction.


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Soon after Lu was seated, several passengers arrested him. He was moved to another row where his hands and feet were tied by the flight attendants.

peaceful decision

After learning of the situation, the pilots of Flight 377 decided to continue their flight to Los Angeles, where the Airbus A321 landed on time. After getting off the plane, the passenger was taken off the plane and arrested by the authorities.

America issues a statement

Shortly after the incident, American Airlines issued an official statement: “The individual will not be permitted to fly with us in the future… We will work closely with law enforcement in their investigation… We thank the crew for their swift action and professionalism to ensure the safety of fellow team members and customers.” On the plane…our thoughts are with the injured flight attendant.”


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After the catastrophe

Lu is expected to make his first court appearance in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom on Thursday, September 29. He is currently facing charges of interfering with cabin crew and flight attendants, which carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison.

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