Passenger attack on flight attendant causes diversion of AA flight from New York to Santa Ana

The rebellious airline passenger boom came with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Photo: Scott Olson / Getty Images

A flight of American Airlines from JFK International Airport in New York and bound for Saint Ana, on California, was diverted to Denver after a passenger allegedly physically assaulted a flight attendant on Wednesday.

According American Airlines, Flight 976 from JFK International Airport to Santa Ana John Wayne Airport made an emergency landing in Denver, after a passenger’s attack on a flight attendant.

They say the plane landed safely and proceeded to the gate, where authorities removed the passenger from the plane and detained him.

“We are outraged by the reports of what happened on board. American Airlines does not tolerate acts of violence against members of our team. We are working with law enforcement to support our team member and pursue prosecution, and the person involved in this incident will not be allowed to travel with us in the future, ”he said. American Airlines it’s a statement.

It is still unknown what motivated the attack on the flight attendant or the details of the incident.

The incident comes amid a surge in unruly passengers targeting commercial jet crew members, with thousands of reports submitted to the FAA in 2021.

The TSA recently restarted its self-defense programs for flight attendants, to help train them to respond to aggressive passengers.

It may interest you:

American Airlines and Southwest suspend alcohol sales service after increased violence on flights

Mid-flight sexual abuse: Frontier Airlines passenger is taped to his seat after groping flight attendants

In the United States, fines of up to $ 3,000 will be applied to travelers with undisciplined behavior on airplanes