Yesterday, I covered the bloody brawl that took place between a United Airlines baggage assistant and a passenger at Newark Liberty International Airport. New details have emerged that are worth considering.
New Details Emerge About United Airlines Newark Brawl
1. The incident occurred on May 19, 2022
It wasn’t clear, based upon the video, when this incident occurred. It took place on Thursday, May 19, 2022.
2. The passenger was former NFL player Brendan Langley
Brendan Langley, 27, formerly played in the NFL for the Denver Broncos. He currently is a wide receiver in the Canadian Football League, playing for the Calgary Stampeders.
3. The conflict was over the use of a wheelchair to transport luggage
We now know what triggered the incident. The agent and passenger got into a fight over the use of a wheelchair to transport luggage.
A friend of Langley said United “instructed” him to use a wheelchair:
United instructed him to use a wheelchair to carry his luggage because they were out of their normal dollys . The employee that got beat up chased him down saying he couldn’t use it and then tried to physically remove it from Brendan’s hands which led to the fight.
— Su’a (@iammsuzy) May 23, 2022
I doubt it. I strongly doubt it.
Wheelchairs are for disabled passengers, not to transport luggage. Even so, the United employee did not need to start yelling and physically chasing after Langley over the inappropriate use of the wheelchair.
4. The United employee has been fired
United released a statement yesterday condemning violence and noting that the employee had been terminated (precisely as I suggested). He still has not been identified, though.
United Airlines does not tolerate violence of any kind at our airports or on board our planes and we are working with local authorities in their investigation of this matter. United Ground Express informed us that the employee has been terminated.
United Ground Express is a wholly-owned subsidiary of United Airlines.
5. Langley was arrested and charged with assault
Law enforcement were called and Langley was arrested and charged with assault. It isn’t clear why he was the only one arrested if the United employee began the incident.
6. Langley plans to sue United Airlines
Langley is lawyering up, with plans to sue United Airlines for assault and TMZ for defamation.
Anyone have any solid legal counsel? My boy @trllang looking to sue @united for assault by an employee, @EWRairport for illegally arresting him without mirandizing him and holding him against his will, as well as @TMZ for defamation and slander! SMH https://t.co/JUeFXby3yO
— Su’a (@iammsuzy) May 23, 2022
He should not waste his time with TMZ.
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Why did no other United employees step in?
When you ask why no other United employees interceded to try to break up the fight, you come to two possible conclusions, as far as I can see. One, they were too afraid and that reflects poorly on them. Two, they saw their colleague had “picked” the fight and had no desire to even get scratched upon his behalf.
United has handled this well so far.
When it came to David Dao, the problem was less the incident itself and more United’s response to it. United blamed the passenger and refused to take responsibility for its contract staff. Here, United has forcefully condemned violence and the employee has been promptly terminated.
I don’t think any fact can come out to paint the employee in a good light when he chose to escalate the problem rather than de-escalate. As a result, I think United made the right move in terminating him.
Cowards fight back when there are better solutions.
Ok, this is a controversial one, I know, but hear me out. I’m not a pacifist. I believe in self-defense and am a strong proponent of the castle doctrine (you can repel any invader into your home, even with lethal force). But this was not self-defense. Watch the video. Even if we don’t have the entire sequence, we can see that the employee was not in any danger and could have easily walked away and summoned law enforcement. Instead, he chose to get in the face of Langley and fight back. That’s weakness (pride), not strength.
There are still unanswered questions. Who was the United employee? Was it words or was it simply the use of the wheelchair that triggered the action? But we now know a lot more than we did yesterday and I cannot say the emerging facts put either man in a better light.
“Two, they saw their colleague had “picked” the flight and had no idea to even get scratched upon his behalf.”
I’m unclear how to interpret the second half of this sentence. I think it simply doesn’t make sense.
Desire, not idea.
The United agent looks like Sal from “Impractical Jokers” – at first I thought maybe Murr and Q were feeding him lined from the next counter…
It’s odd and seems rather contradictory that you espouse non-escalation in this as the brave and correct course of action to take as there was no imminent danger yet you’ve specifically said that you’d mega escalate a situation on a plane where there was no imminent danger by pouring scalding coffee on the person behind you because the person’s knee was pressed into your reclined seat. You probably don’t see a drastic double standard here so what am I missing?
Christian, don’t be so naive: there are no standards in society today.
I disagree and Matthew is generally pretty logical. I may disagree with him but I figure at a minimum he deserves to be heard.
Temped as I would be to pour hot coffee or red wine on an idiot seatmate, I’d like to think that self-control and discipline would prevail and I would not return evil for evil.
Quit referring to him as a gate agent. He’s not
A united employee fought with a passenger, knowing that is it a stretch to believe another united employee told him to push his luggage on a wheelchair?
Does anyone actually have video showing that Brandon was acting in self defense? The only video I’ve seen suggesting this, was edited. But I’ve seen longer clips, suggesting Brandon initiated first contact.
So..are there any, even LONGER, clips again showing Brandon as a victim?
The charges for luggage carts is a scam. And always in liberal cities. Sfo charges $8 for a few yards of use from baggage claim through customs to the gate outside where people are waiting. Just a couple of hundred feet max. On the other hand Dallas had free carts. Liberal cities just try to squeeze money out of you every which way.
But why punch a gate agent? If the guy had punched a liberal politician i would have enjoyed watching the video more.
My impression is that this is a bot reply designed to inject negative political views into any subject and it is silly too
I think someone typed in the wrong shtick name when posting
No. I am not like the trump apologists that love to get down on their knees and kiss his ass, while he molests their daughters. I do not have blind loyalty.
Liberal politicians are no paragon of virtues. All liberal cities have very high cost of living and extremely bad social problems. Extremely high baggage cart rates is one such issue. And in my experience only liberal cities are plagued by it. There is no reason for it except to squeeze desperate passengers. Parking costs is another. San francisco has high parking costs, but liberal politicans don’t make public transportation efficient and timely. Or not even clean. It is overrun with homeless people. Liberals politician should have to ride public transportation for their commutes. They decree crap affects people’s lives and make themselves exempt from it.
Even if a customer assaults an airline employee first, you NEVER EVER strike back. This gives you ammunition to sue the customer and file charges against them for assault. Period.
Agreed. The airport has cameras and “retaliation” can include denying the passenger boarding. I don’t think the video shows how the fight started so if the employee was hit first, that may explain why only the NFL player was charged (it’s mostly about who makes first contact.)
Regarding the lawsuit: Sadly, even though in theory the NFL player’s lawsuit may have no merit if he did strike first and improperly used a wheelchair, the sheister lawyer may try to extort something from United anyway due to the race of the plaintiff, political situation and publicity.
Did we ever hear anything about the Dr. Farah Khan diaper-disposal incident on United? Somehow, these things tend to drop off the radar.
“ its crazy how u can get assaulted by an actual airline employee and defend urself, but media will run the narrative that they want to… this is the problem in our society today smh dont believe everything u read!
tbh this is shitty of yall. taking another mans pain as a joke”
I just glad to see Brenden is using his college education to properly explain the situation. I’m sure he has a bright future in Corporate America and will present himself well during an interview.
Lamar University should use him to promote their educational excellence.
What happened to bonus points and mileage runs … 🙂
… not to mention error fares and gold status shortcuts.
Those were the days. Alas …
The employee was just exercising his due diligence as a “Karen” since that has been the thing to do
The video I saw showed the United employee being punched by the customer first, then the employee lost his cool (like most ppl) and struck back. Hope the employee retains legal counsel. Is there a more extensive video that shows otherwise?
STFU LYING FAGGET, HE CLEARLY SLAPPED HIM FIRST DUMMY. Watch full video racist fag
You just lost all credibility.
Good luck finding it.
You obviously are a violent Negro…..
Thank you Mike, I agree with your interpretation, Pax clearly in the wrong,,look at the size of the bag,,,and the ex employee should get his job back, with PC training to defuse future incidents….
Someone who works for an airline always pops in with the “TA/GA/FA is right no matter what” comment… We don’t need to be told. Anyone who flys Big 3 US domestic with any frequency knows that airline employees think the customer is wrong no matter what & it keeps showing up over & over & over again. #racetothebottom
I think the author meant he’s a strong proponent,, not component.
@Matthew, much though I appreciate your blog, you need a proofreader.
“He still as not been identified, though.”
“Two, they saw their colleague had “picked” the flight”
“I believe in self-defense and am a strong component of the castle doctrine”
Matthew needs a proofreader on everything, every day, on every article. It’s rare to see any of the blog appear without at least 3-4 grammatical errors, often even more like today. Punctuation as well. Glad I’m not the only one who sees these.
Today was particularly bad – my apologies.
I’m worse than Gary Leff! 😉
Though to your credit you do respond when errors are pointed out and fix them.
GTFO TALKING ABOUT COWARDS SHOULDNT FIGHT BACK FIND BETTER SOLUTIONS… THE UNITED WORKER IS COWARD FOR TOUCHING HIM AND Making a big deal over simple wheelchair. THATS WHY HE LOST HIS JOB. Bc he simply could have avoided the whole situation
Please ask Ben whether weakness and pride are synonyms. Pride month starts in just 6 days.
I’m sure that’s not what you meant, but you should be more mindful of your language.
Pride is the confidence and self-respect of a group, typically one that has been socially marginalized, on the basis of their shared identity, culture, and experience. It is the exact opposite of a weakness. Matthew should know better.
Oh goodness, I think it was incredibly clear I was not referring to “pride” in that way and if we are talking about Pride Month the P will be capitalized.
Perhaps the Agent has experienced a shortage of needed wheel chairs in the past. If a thoughtless passenger uses one for his luggage, this could exacerbate that situation. I’m wondering why a strong young ball player would need anything to transport his luggage!