A woman has been charged with assault and interfering with the performance of the duties of the flight attendant after confronting then attacking a pair of flight attendants on an American Airlines flight to New York City.
Woman Attacks American Airlines Flight Attendant, Tries To Undress Her, After Her Colleague Fails To Collect Trash
The incident occurred late on Saturday aboard American Airlines Flight 1357 from Miami (MIA) to New York (JFK). The flight had been delayed, departing shortly before midnight and not due into JFK until after 2:00am.
According to the criminal complaint, 28-year-old Chenasia Campbell, an unemployed New Yorker, rose from her seat to confront a flight attendant after she failed to collect her trash.
Campbell walked to the rear galley and began yelling at the flight attendant. Another flight attendant stepped in to try to diffuse the situation, but exacerbated it after Campbell claimed the intervening flight attendant pushed her. Campbell then responded by striking the intervening flight attendant with a closed fit and pulling her hair.
She turned to walk away, got into a verbal altercation with another passenger, then turned back to the second flight attendant and struck her again. Apparently, Campbell also tried to remove the flight attendant’s uniform.
While both were wrestling on the ground, an off-duty NYPD police officer intervened and placed Campbell in restraints. The crew asked the captain to divert, but he refused and the flight continued to New York City. Law enforcement officials met the flight and Campbell was escorted off and arrested.
The flight attendant sustained damages including:
- sustained scrapes to the arm and cheek
- bruises to the forehead and leg
- strained neck
Yesterday she appeared in a Brooklyn court and was released on $15,000 bail. Her public defender claims she is undergoing mental health treatment in a state-run facility.
American Airlines later said “a customer who refused to comply with the federal face mask requirement assaulted a crew member while in flight.” However, the criminal complaint makes no mention of a mask violation and American Airlines has refused to clarify beyond its brief statement.
Some of you might try to spin this in favor of the defendant. After all, if her trash was allegedly collected, this would not have happened. If the other flight attendant had not pushed her, she would not have had to defend herself. Oh, please. Even if she did get pushed first, attacking with closed fist punches is not a proportionate response.
I’ll spare the jokes about setting low expectations on American Airlines and not being disappointed, because it simply isn’t funny to be so gruesomely attacked.
image: American Airlines