Two passengers were arrested after allegedly assaulting a flight attendant during a recent mid-air rampage.
Fox Business Network reporter John Stossel tweeted a video of the altercation on American Airlines Flight 826 from New York to Phoenix on Sunday.
#BREAKING First Officer lost hearing as passenger overzealously punched him several times in the head. Both American and Phoenix police detained the two guests for a time after the incident. Flight was evacuated as security officials looked for the suspects. pic.twitter.com/alXVmO7nON — John Stossel (@JohnStossel) December 23, 2018
#BREAKING 2 Columbus-bound #AmericanAir flight from New York – JFK flight was evacuated at en route to Columbus, Ohio as police investigated reports of a passenger assaulting a flight attendant on board the plane. pic.twitter.com/r9YQZqd3pT — John Stossel (@JohnStossel) December 23, 2018
“Two passengers are being detained by authorities following an incident onboard a flight from New York to Columbus, Ohio, which was diverted to Kansas City, Missouri, on Sunday,” a law enforcement official told Fox News on condition of anonymity.
American Airlines confirmed the incident.
“We are aware of the incident involving two passengers,” a statement said. “We will fully cooperate with authorities. Our crew followed all safety protocols.”
Fellow passenger Allison Lippman said American Airlines Flight 826 was diverted due to a passenger assault, according to a Facebook post.
“Our flight was diverted due to an assault on our flight attendant by 2 passengers,” Lippman posted on Facebook. “They were arrested.”
She also described the incident as “one of the worst incidents” she has ever experienced on a flight.
“I could not believe this happened,” Lippman wrote in a second post. “The flight attendant lost hearing in one ear, and our flight was impassed on site. Unbelievable, if you consider that they were all young (16 or younger).”
American Airlines did not release the names of the passengers or where they were going when the incident occurred.