An escort is believed to have been attacked on a flight from Miami to New York.
A passenger on an American Airlines flight reportedly hit several of the flight attendants several times in the middle of the flight on Sunday. The attack was allegedly provoked after the passenger got into an argument with the garbage escorts.
The passenger followed a separate flight attendant to the area of the plane’s crew to complain that no garbage was being picked up, according to court documents obtained from Fox News. When the passenger started shouting at a flight attendant, another airline employee was called for help.
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When the second flight attendant tried to separate the two, the passenger claimed that the flight attendant had pushed her. The passenger is accused of hitting the flight and pulling her hair.
It was then reported that the two were separated and apparently the suspect was still arguing with another passenger. At one point, the suspect approached the flight attendant again and allegedly attacked her a second time. At one point, the suspect claimed that “the cops won’t do anything to me.”
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One of the other flight attendants reportedly asked the pilot to land the plane, but the pilot was currently unable to comply. Fortunately, there was a New York City police officer on the plane who was not on duty 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 was reportedly detained and charged with interfering with the flight crew, a federal violation, NBC New York reported.
Campbell is reportedly a resident of Brooklyn and is currently unemployed. Prior to that, she worked in the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.
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According to court documents, the flight attendant received abrasions on her arm and cheek, bruises on her forehead and legs and a swollen arm. She was evaluated by medical specialists, but reportedly refused additional medical care.
Fox News contacted American Airlines for comment, but company officials did not respond immediately.