A passenger on an American Airlines plane has said a flight attendant almost hit a baby as he took a pushchair from a passenger who was holding the child.
United Airlines prompted a firestorm of controversy earlier this month after videos showed a passenger dragged from his seat during an incident in which, according to his lawyer, he lost two front teeth and suffered a broken nose and a concussion.
A union that represents American Airlines flight attendants said in a statement that not all of the facts are known about the incident so there shouldn't be a rush to judgment.
Another passenger who was on the flight said that when the flight attendant approached the mother to tell her she couldn't have the stroller on the plane, "She refused to let him take it and she was nearly to the point of shouting". The crew member has since been suspended.
As you surely know, a viral video began circulating on Friday which featured a mother hysterically crying while holding her baby after a flight attendant "violently" grabbed her stroller from her as she attempted to place the object in the overhead bin - allegedly hitting the mother and narrowly missing the baby.
The video shows the heated aftermath: The mother asking for the stroller back and an unrelated passenger yelling at the male flight attendant "You do that to me and I'll knock you flat".
The attendant tells Fierro to stay out of it and dares the passenger to "hit me, hit me. bring it on".
Thomas Demetrio, a prominent Chicago lawyer representing 69-year-old David Dao, told NBC's "Today" program that its was too late for the United Airlines' CEO to apologize face-to-face to his client. The American team member has been removed from duty while we immediately investigate this incident.
"Hit me. C'mon, hit me". And then add long, global flights and the mix of airline policies that vary throughout the world.
In a separate report released Monday, labeled a "Hospitalization Case Report", the Chicago Police Department said Dao was observed striking his face against an armrest as aviation officers "attempted to escort" him from the flight.
A female flight attendant had given her permission to look for a storage space, but told her she would have to check it in if there was no room.
Morgan said the flight attendant was "violent" when taking the metal stroller from the woman and almost hit the baby with the stroller.
"The flight attendant should not have been so aggressive and should have been more aware of the kids", he said.
At the same time, passengers should also be respectful of flight attendants - who often work long hours on multiple flights - as well, he said. If a passenger threatened a flight attendant, that would be a violation of federal law, said Bob Ross, president of The Association of Professional Flight Attendants.
But that wasn't good enough for the male attendant, she said.