A woman went ballistic at Miami International Airport, attacking an American Airlines gate agent and eventually throwing a monitor and printer before being surrounded by passengers, who confined her until she could be arrested.
Crazed Woman Attacks American Airlines Gate Agent In Miami With Monitor, Throws Printer Too
It is not clear what prompted the incident, but it occurred at the American Airlines terminal in Miami Airport (MIA) at a gate for a flight to Punta Cana (PUJ) in the Dominican Republic. Although I cannot quite make out what Camila McMillie, 25, is screaming, a police report later revealed that after missing a flight she had lost her minor children (who apparently were using the restroom).
Watch what unfolded, from many angles:
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Destroyed Agents desk. #meltdowns
She was eventually arrested:
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This creates a dilemma for society. We can have off days; we all do. But not like this. Not with such a wanton lack of self-control. Given the behavior of this woman and the fact that she (temporarily) lost her children at the airport, it is not unreasonable to question her competence as a parent and whether she should have legal custody of the children.
In some cases of airport chaos, there seems to be a clear mental illness at play. While we might reduce all poor conduct, at some level, to a mental deficiency, that does not seem to be the case here. Instead, it appears that this woman simply cannot control herself…which is far more damning than a crazy person who may be off her meds.
Even if we give her the benefit of the doubt that she had lost her kids and was panicking, how is that response in any way proportionate or constructive in solving the problem?
McMillie faces charges of aggravated battery, criminal mischief, and disorderly conduct. She was traveling from Alabama to New York via Miami, where she misconnected.
An American Airlines spokesperson explained:
“Acts of violence against our team members are not tolerated by American Airlines and we are committed to working closely with law enforcement in their investigation. Our thoughts are with our team member, and we are ensuring they have the support they need at this time.”
I’m not for federal “no-fly lists,” but if I was, this would be the type of person that should be on it. I do think American Airlines should ban this passenger permanently and I truly hope that her fitness to be a parent is evaluated. Furthermore, she should receive a hefty bill from AA for a new printer and monitor. As for the gate agent with antlers, he appears to be fine and I am happy about that…it takes some chutzpah to be an AA gate agent in Miami.
(H/T: View From The Wing)