The angry passenger physically assaulted the flight attendant, American Airlines says

(CNN) – An American Airlines flight attendant was assaulted by a malevolent passenger on Wednesday, according to airline officials.

The incident occurred on American Airlines Flight 377 from San José del Cabo, Mexico, to Los Angeles International Airport. Law enforcement met the flight at the gate and the unruly individual was removed, according to a statement from American Airlines.

Video posted on social media shows an individual approaching a flight attendant towards the front of the plane and continuing to punch him with an audible gesture from passengers who witnessed the incident.

“Acts of violence against our team members are not condoned by American Airlines,” the airline’s statement read. “The person involved in this incident will never be allowed to travel with us in the future, and we will cooperate with law enforcement in their investigation.”

A passenger on that flight was arrested, confirmed Ciaran McEvoy, public information officer for the United States Attorney’s Central District of California. McEvoy added that his office is consulting with the FBI. No other information was provided.

CNN has reached out to the FBI and Los Angeles International Airport police for more information.

“We thank our crew for their prompt and professional actions to ensure the safety of our crew members and customers on board,” the American Airlines statement said. “Our thoughts are with the injured flight attendant, and we are making sure they and their fellow crew members get the help they need at this time.”

The Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), the union that represents more than 24,000 American Airlines flight attendants, condemned the passenger’s behavior.

“This violent behavior puts the safety of all passengers and crew at risk and must stop,” APFA National President Julie Hedrick said in a statement.

“APFA fully supports the affected crew and will do everything possible to ensure that the passenger is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Measures to deal with travelers established

In January 2021, the Federal Aviation Administration announced a “zero tolerance” policy for passenger misconduct that skips warnings or advisories and goes straight to penalties, which can include hefty fines and jail time.

A New York woman was recently sentenced to four months in prison for interfering with flight crew for an incident on an American Airlines flight in February 2021.

The FAA proposed $5 million in fines by 2021 against unruly passengers.

Although the number of reported incidents has decreased, the number of cases where enforcement action has been initiated has increased. So far in 2022, 468 enforcement cases have been initiated. In 2021, there were 350.

Image above: American Airlines planes at Los Angeles International Airport are seen in this July 2021 file photo. (Patrick T. Fallon/AFP/Getty Images)