Man Banned for Life Over Attacking Flight Attendant
(UnitedVoice.com) – An airline has banned a rowdy passenger for life after he assaulted a flight attendant. The plane was en route between Mexico and California when the incident happened. Now, the FBI is investigating.
On September 21, a passenger on an American Airlines flight from Los Cabos International Airport to Los Angeles launched an unprovoked attack on a cabin staff member. Cellphone video shows Alexander Tung Cuu Le of Westminster, California, running up behind the attendant and punching him in the back of the head.
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Passengers said Le had been disruptive since 20 minutes after takeoff, moving around the cabin and harassing attendants. According to the arrest affidavit, the attendant in first class asked Le to return to his seat in coach. The passenger raised his fists and swung but missed, and the attendant retreated to report the behavior. Le attacked when the attendant turned his back.
After the assault, passengers and airline attendants restrained him and strapped him to a seat. Police arrested him when the plane landed; now, the FBI is investigating. Prosecutors have charged Le with interfering with a flight crew, a federal charge, and he could face 20 years in prison if convicted.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, airlines have reported a dramatic spike in violent incidents. Last year, the Federal Aviation Administration logged 5,981 cases of “unruly passenger” behavior.
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