2024 is off to a roaring start, with an American Airlines flight attendant punched and spit for the temerity of telling a passenger to stop kicking his seatmate’s seat.
Man Repeatedly Punches American Airlines Flight Attendant In Drunken Outburst
The incident took place on Wednesday, January 3, 2024, on a flight from Dallas (DFW) to Bozeman, Montana (BZN). Keith Edward Fagiana, a Las Vegas resident, was accused by the passenger seated in front of him of “violently kicking” his seat. The passenger asked a flight attendant for assistance and the flight attendant told Fagiana to stop kicking.
Rather than stop kicking, Fagiana became enraged and punched the flight attendant four times in the stomach while cussing him out. The flight attendant, with the assistance of other passengers, tackled Fagiana and restrained him with flex cuffs.
Fagiana responded by spitting on fellow passengers before banging his head repeatedly on the aircraft window.
The pilot diverted the Boeing 737 to Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport (AMA) in Texas, where law enforcement boarded the aircraft to remove him. Fagiana complained that the flex cuffs were hurting, but when police officers switched them out for metal handcuffs, he spat on them and kicked one in the groin.
It was determined that Fagiana was drunk. He admitted to consuming Captain Morgan rum prior to the flight at “various bars.”
American Airlines issued a brief statement condemning the incident:
“Acts of violence are not tolerated by American Airlines and we are committed to working closely with law enforcement in their investigation.”
He now faces an interference with flight crew charge and will appear in court today.
Excessive rum + flying do not mix. Taking “orders” from Captain Morgan is not a good idea. Fagiana now faces a stiff fine and prison time. Helpfully the flight attendant and cop are okay…
image: Dazia Poland (passenger onboard) + mug shot from Randall County Jail