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Man banned from American Airlines for life after assaulting a flight attendant; FBI investigating

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A violent passenger was arrested on Wednesday night for assaulting a flight attendant while traveling from Cabo to Los Angeles International Airport on an American Airlines (AA) flight.

The flight departed from Los Cabos International Airport in San José del Cabo, Mexico en route to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Circulating video shows the flight attendant walking away from the suspect while the flight was mid-air. 

After the employee’s back is turned, the assailant is seen running up to the victim and punching him in the back of the head.  The suspect then jumps around erratically before walking back to his seat. 

Authorities arrested the suspect after the plane landed safely at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating the assault. The suspect’s identity has not been released.

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The incident was confirmed by American Airlines in a statement to Fox News Digital.  The airline emphasized that acts of violence against team members “are not tolerated” and that the passenger is banned from future AA flights.

“The individual involved in this incident will never be allowed to travel with us in the future, and we will work closely with law enforcement in their investigation,” the statement read.

American Airlines said the violent passenger was banned from all AA flights for life after the assault.

American Airlines said the violent passenger was banned from all AA flights for life after the assault.
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“Our thoughts are with our injured flight attendant, and we are ensuring that they and their fellow crew members have the support they need at this time,” the spokesperson added. 

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American Airlines also thanked their crew for handling the incident professionally and quickly.

Because the assault took place in the air, the incident is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Because the assault took place in the air, the incident is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
(Reuters/Mary F. Calvert)

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