Law enforcement takes suspect into custody after plane lands in Denver
An American Airlines flight from New York City to Orange County, California was diverted to Denver on Wednesday after a passenger assaulted a flight attendant, according to reports.
Denver’s Granthshala 31 reported that the airline issued a statement saying it was “outraged” by the report and vowed to permanently ban the suspect from patronizing the airline again.
New York City’s 1010 WINS radio reported that Airbus 321 was on its way from John F. Kennedy Airport in New York to John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana.
After the plane landed in Denver, law enforcement took the suspect into custody, the station reported.
The incident came as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was reporting that there had been a slight decline in unruly behavior over the past week.
The FBI was investigating the incident, the station reported. The flight attendant suffered unspecified injuries, Granthshala 31 reports.
Details about exactly what happened, and how seriously the crew member was hurt, were not immediately available.
“We are outraged by the reports of what happened on board,” the airline said in a statement. “Acts of violence against members of our team will not be tolerated by American Airlines.
“We have involved local law enforcement and the FBI and we are working with them to make sure they have all the information they need.
“The person involved in this incident will never be allowed to travel with American Airlines in the future, but we will not be satisfied until he is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
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The airline then addressed reports of unruly passenger behavior across the industry.
“This behavior must stop,” the airline said, “and aggressive enforcement and prosecution of the law is the best deterrent.
“We thank our fellow team members and our crew for their prompt action and professionalism in ensuring the safety of customers on board. Our thoughts are with our injured flight attendants and ensuring that they and their Fellow crew members need support at this time.”