A passenger on an American Airlines flight from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) sucker-punched a flight attendant.
The passenger, 33-year-old Alexander Tung Cuu Le, of Westminster, California, became violent when the flight attendant told him that he could not use the bathroom in first class.
“Are you threatening me. Are you threatening me?” the flight attendant asked the passenger before turning around and walking away.
The passenger then rushed the flight attendant and sucker-punched him before running back to his seat.
According to reports, fellow passengers restrained Alexander Tung Cuu Le until the flight landed.
The FBI got involved after LAPD arrested the suspect.
American Airlines barred Alexander Tung Cuu Le from future travel and told CBS News he “will never be allowed to travel with us in the future.”
The passenger who allegedly punched a flight attendant in the back of the head during an American Airlines flight from Mexico to Los Angeles was taken into custody after the plane landed Wednesday, CBS Los Angeles reports.
The carrier said in a statement that the incident happened on Flight 377 from San José del Cabo to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
The FBI, which is handling the investigation since the alleged assault happened in-flight, said 33-year-old Alexander Tung Cuu Le, of Westminster, California, was detained on suspicion of interfering with a flight crew, a federal offense.
The Association of Professional Flight attendants, a union that represents more than 24,000 flight attendants at American Airlines, also responded publicly to the alleged assault in a statement released on Thursday. The organization called the incident “dangerous,” “life-threatening” and part of a pattern of similar situations that put flight attendants at risk.
“This violent behavior puts the safety of all passengers and crew in jeopardy and must stop,” said Julie Hendrick, the national president of AFPA. “APFA fully supports the affected crew members, and will do all possible to ensure that the passenger faces prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.”