Watch: Unruly Passenger Sucker Punches American Airlines Flight Attendant

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An unruly rider was arrested for allegedly sucker-punching a formation attendant connected an American Airlines formation from San José del Cabo, Mexico, to Los Angeles connected Wednesday.

Alexander Tung Cuu Le, 33, was arrested aft the formation landed astatine LAX connected suspicion of interfering with a flight. The FBI took implicit the probe owed to the incidental occurring mid-air.

Video footage, shared connected societal media by a passenger, shows a formation attendant lasting successful the aisle asking a rider wearing an orangish shirt, “Are you threatening me?”

As the American Airlines idiosyncratic walks away, the unruly rider appeared to complaint and sucker punch the attendant from behind. Audible gasps could beryllium heard by those nearby.


A antheral was arrested by Los Angeles Airport constabulary aft assaulting a formation attendant connected an American Airlines formation from Cabo. Good samaritans helped restrain the rider until the formation landed astatine LAX, according to witnesses. An probe is underway. 📹: Donald Hoover

— Malik Earnest (@MalikEarnest) September 22, 2022

Before the incident, Le was acting aggressively toward a formation attendant by grabbing his enarthrosis and demanding coffee, according to an apprehension affidavit via CBS Los Angeles.

The unruly rider past walked to the beforehand of the level wherever helium lingered adjacent the first-class country and sat successful an unfastened seat. When a formation attendant asked the rider to instrumentality to his seat, Le allegedly refused and attempted to deed the idiosyncratic but missed. He past subsequently assaulted the formation attendant, arsenic seen successful the footage.

After reportedly hitting the American Airlines worker, the unruly rider walked to the beforehand of the level again but was restrained by different passengers.

Le was moved to different enactment portion cuffed with some his arms and legs. However, helium kept unbuckling his seatbelt, resulting successful attendants utilizing seatbelt extenders to restrain him.

American Airlines issued a connection connected the assault:

Acts of unit against our squad members are not tolerated by American Airlines. The idiosyncratic progressive successful this incidental volition ne'er beryllium allowed to question with america successful the future, and we volition enactment intimately with instrumentality enforcement successful their investigation.

Le was slated to marque a tribunal quality Thursday afternoon, CBS Los Angeles noted. The maximum condemnation helium faces, if convicted connected each charges, is 20 years successful prison.

This twelvemonth arsenic of Tuesday, the FAA has received 1,973 reports of unruly passengers, 680 investigations initiated, and 468 enforcement enactment cases initiated.

You tin travel Ethan Letkeman connected Twitter at @EthanLetkeman.

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