An attendant was reportedly assaulted on a flight from Miami to New York.
There are reports that a passenger on an American Airlines flight struck one of the flight attendants several times in the middle of the flight on Sunday. The attack was reportedly triggered after the passenger argued with flight attendants over the garbage.
The passenger followed a separate flight attendant into the plane’s crew area to complain that the garbage was not picked up, according to court documents obtained by Fox News. When the passenger started yelling at a flight attendant, another airline employee was called for help.
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When the second flight attendant attempted to separate the two, the passenger allegedly claimed the flight attendant pushed her. The passenger is accused of hitting the flight and pulling her hair.
The two were then reportedly separated and the suspect continued to argue with another passenger. At one point, the suspect approached the flight attendant again and allegedly assaulted her a second time. At one point, the suspect allegedly claimed that ‘the cops wouldn’t do anything to me’.
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One of the other flight attendants on the plane reportedly asked the pilot to land the plane, but the pilot was unable to comply at this time. Fortunately, a New York police officer on leave was said to have been on the plane and helped restrain the suspect.
The plane landed at its intended destination, JFK Airport, where authorities reportedly waited.
Court documents identify the suspect as Chenasia I. Campbell. She has reportedly been taken into custody and faces charges of interference with a flight crew, which is a federal offense, reports NBC New York.
Campbell is reportedly a resident of Brooklyn and is currently unemployed. She previously worked for the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities.
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The flight attendant suffered scrapes to his arm and cheek, bruises to his forehead and leg and a swollen hand, court documents say. She was assessed by medical professionals but reportedly refused further medical assistance.
Fox News reached out to American Airlines for comment, but company representatives did not immediately respond.