Thursday 14 December 2017

American Airlines attendant 'nearly hit baby' as he snatched pushchair

American Airlines has grounded a flight attendant involved in the confrontation (AP)
American Airlines has grounded a flight attendant involved in the confrontation (AP)

A passenger on an American Airlines plane has said a flight attendant nearly hit a baby as he took a pushchair from a passenger who was holding the child.

The incident comes less than two weeks after video of a man being violently dragged off a United Express flight sparked widespread outrage.

Olivia Morgan, an executive with an education-related organisation, told the New York Times that she witnessed the latest episode before the American Airlines flight left San Francisco for Dallas on Friday afternoon.

Ms Morgan said when she complained about the woman's treatment, the attendant pointed his finger in her face and yelled: "You stay out of it!"

The crew member has since been suspended.

A video of the incident posted on Facebook shows the sobbing woman holding a small child and saying: "You can't use violence with a baby."

A male passenger later confronts the attendant, telling him: "You do that to me and I'll knock you flat."

The flight attendant responds with: "Hit me. Bring it on."

American Airlines spokeswoman Leslie Scott said the airline was looking into whether the flight attendant violently took away the stroller from the woman just before she boarded the flight.

He has been removed from duty pending an investigation.

AP

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