An American Airlines flight crew was robbed at gunpoint enroute to the airport in Costa Rica.
American Airlines Flight Crew Robbed At Gunpoint
View from the Wing shares the timeline of events:
- The incident occurred to the crew of AA1204, set to depart San José, Costa Rica (SJO) for Miami (MIA) yesterday morning at 5:20 a.m.
- Crewmembers left their hotel via shuttle at 3:40 a.m.
- The van ran over a “plastic box” in the road, likely placed there deliberaty
- When the driver pulled over to clear it from underneath the vehicle, a man jumped into the drivers seat with a knife
- He demanded the mobile phones and other electric devices of the flight crew
- He did not take wallets
- Another man, armed with a gun, opened the van’s sliding side door and
- He held a gun to the heads of crewmembers until everyone turned over their electronics
- The gunmen left without injuring anyone
- The shuttle driver drove the crew back to their hotel
An American Airlines spokesperson noted:
We are aware that our crew members unfortunately fell victim to a crime while en route to Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) on March 16. Our security team is in close contact with local law enforcement and have acted quickly to implement enhanced measures to ensure the safety of our team members.
No further details were provided.
The Forward Cabin notes that AA will cover the loss of any items stolen:
I believe AA is also covering the loss of any items that were stolen as well, from what I understand (as they should).
— Jamie Larounis (@TheForwardCabin) March 17, 2021
What a scary way to start your day. I’m so thankful the crewmembers are safe. Cell phones and iPads can be replaced. Lives…not so much. It’s also very sad that this occurred in Costa Rica, the most developed country in Central America and also thought to be the safest. Then again, it could happen anywhere. Stay safe out there.