Lyn Montgomery, president of TWU Local 556, called attention to the attack in a letter to the CEO of the airline, writing that the flight attendant was “seriously assaulted, resulting in facial injuries. and the loss of two teeth ”.
The shocking incident took place on Sunday morning, after a flight from Sacramento touched down in San Diego, according to a Southwestern spokesperson.
A female passenger “repeatedly ignored standard flight instructions and became verbally and physically abusive on landing,” spokeswoman Chris Mainz said on Tuesday.
Police were invited to meet the plane upon its arrival in San Diego, and the passenger was taken into custody, Mainz said.
A video on Facebook showed officers from the San Diego Port Authority escorting a woman in leopard-print leggings and a sweatshirt from the plane.
Susan Marie Stidham, who posted the clip, said the woman apparently became enraged when the flight attendant told her to keep her seat belt fastened while the plane was still in motion, the Dallas Morning reported. News.
“What I saw was that the flight attendant up front suddenly started yelling ‘No, no, no! Stop! “And run backwards,” Stidham wrote. “The woman in the back was attacking the flight attendant, punching her in the head.
“As the flight attendant staggered backwards with a bloodied face, we were all told to stay in our seats while they called in the police to evacuate the unruly passenger.
San Diego Port Police on Tuesday identified the passenger as Vyvianna Quinonez, 28, and said she was charged with a battery causing serious bodily harm, a felony, local media reported.
The flight attendant, who has not been publicly identified, was treated in a hospital and then released. Southwest said he took a friend to San Diego to be with her.
In his letter to CEO Gary Kelly on Sunday, Montgomery noted that this was one of hundreds of recent incidents involving unruly travelers.
“The unprecedented number of incidents has reached an intolerable level, with passenger non-compliance events also becoming more aggressive in nature,” the union boss wrote.
She said there were 477 “passenger misconduct incidents” on the southwest planes between April 8 and May 15.
Montgomery asked Kelly to pressure federal officials to get more federal air commissioners on flights and to ban passengers who break the rules instead of putting them on another flight.
“Let’s work together to increase personal safety and security throughout the industry and bring some stability back to our working lives,” she wrote.
With pole wires