A Southwest Airlines pilot faces assault and battery charges following an alleged altercation after a mask argument with a flight attendant at a California hotel last month.
The alleged attack happened on Oct. 18 at a bar in San José, where pilots and flight attendants were spending the night after a flight, USA Today reported.
There was “a disagreement over wearing masks or masks” and the pilot was cited for assault and battery, the San Jose police sergeant said. Christian Camarillo. The case was being referred to the San Clara County District Attorney’s Office for review and possible charges, Camarillo added.
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The pilot was put on leave during an investigation, airline spokesman Brandy King told the newspaper. No further details were provided.
“We do not have any information to provide regarding the background of the event and we are not discussing staff issues externally,” King said.
Just days after the alleged incident, Southwest sent a note to pilots and flight attendants warning them that: “Crossing the line in a heated conversation may be a violation of our guidelines for employees and may even end in a job loss, ”according to the United States. Today.
“We realize that there has been a constant drumbeat over the past 19 months over civility and respectful speech – and it is for good reason. Many of our people have been faced with an uncomfortable situation where their beliefs are not shared by someone else, resulting in a confrontation of some sort, ”the memo reads in part. “And for every situation we hear about, there are dozens more that we don’t. It is vital that we treat everyone with respect and honor our differences without pushing our ideals on someone else. “
Southwest Airlines did not immediately respond to a late-night request for comment from Fox News.
The incident comes as the company has been at the center of political controversy in recent weeks.
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On Sunday, Southwest Airlines announced that it had opened an internal investigation into the pilot accused of saying ” Come on brandon ”After an intercom announcement to passengers during a flight last Friday.
And last month, hundreds of flights from the southwest were canceled, which the airline blamed on bad weather and air traffic control issues. The disruption began shortly after the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association, representing 9,000 pilots, asked a federal court to block the airline’s order to vaccinate all employees.
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The problems were “not the result of employee protests, as some have reported,” the airline said.
San Jose is approximately 80 km southeast of downtown San Francisco.
Daniella Genovese of The Associated Press and Fox Business contributed to this report