A now-viral video surfaced over the weekend that shows the disturbing aftermath of a confrontation between an American Airlines flight attendant and two passengers taking place in a grounded plane in San Francisco.
The footage shows a woman sobbing as she holds a baby and a pilot standing silently beside her. "You can't use violence with a baby. Just give me back my stroller please," she says tearfully.
Another passenger then stands up and points at a male flight attendant. "You do that to me and I'll knock you flat," he declares. The flight attendant responds, "Hit me. Come on, hit me!"
Eyewitnesses say that the flight attendant took a stroller from the woman in a "violent" manner, striking her and nearly hitting the baby.
American Airlines has since issued a statement announcing that the flight attendant has been put on leave while the incident is investigated, and that the woman and her family were upgraded to first class for the remainder of their trip.
Meanwhile, the man who stood up for the woman on the flight has been identified as insurance company president Tony Fierro from Dallas, Texas.
He told WFAA on Saturday, "A baby almost got hurt. That's just what fired me up...I don't want to make a big deal about it."
Source: Washington Post