Flight Attendant Hits Woman With Stroller, Taunts Passenger

The flight attendant has been suspended after video surfaced
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2017 10:22 AM CDT
Flight Attendant Hits Woman With Stroller, Taunts Passenger
A passenger confronts an American Airlines flight attendant who allegedly hit a woman with her stroller before a flight Friday.   (Still From Video)

An American Airlines flight attendant has been suspended after allegedly hitting a woman with her stroller and—witnesses say—barely missing her two children. Jalopnik reports a video posted to Facebook shows the second half of the incident on a flight Friday from San Francisco to Dallas. A woman holding a child is crying when a male passenger can be heard saying he's "not going to sit here and watch this." He confronts a male flight attendant, telling him, "You try that with me and I'll knock you flat," according to Business Insider. The flight attendant then goads the passenger with "hit me" and "bring it on." The video appears to show a female passenger also confronting the flight staff.

An American Airlines spokesperson tells Reuters the incident started over a dispute about whether or not the woman could bring her stroller on the flight. Witnesses say the woman, who had two young children with her, was looking for room to store the foldable stroller when a flight attendant told her she had to check it, Q13 Fox reports. Security was requested when she refused to hand over the stroller, and the male flight attendant "violently" took it from her, hitting her in the head and nearly striking her children. The flight attendant has been suspended, and American Airlines says it's investigating. The company says it's "deeply sorry" for the incident. The woman and her family, who were traveling internationally, were upgraded to first class for the rest of their trip. (Read more American Airlines stories.)

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