Watch: Passenger Sucks American Airlines Flight Attendant

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An unruly passenger was arrested Wednesday for allegedly hitting a flight attendant on an American Airlines flight from San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, to Los Angeles.

Alexander Tung Cuu Le, 33, was arrested after the flight landed at LAX on suspicion of disrupting a flight. The FBI took over the investigation because of the incident that occurred in the sky.

Video footage, shared on social media by a passenger, shows a flight attendant standing in the aisle asking a passenger in an orange shirt, “Are you threatening me?”

As the American Airlines employee walks away, the unruly passenger appeared to attack the attendant from behind and punch him. Bystanders heard an audible gasp.

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Before the incident, Le behaved aggressively towards a flight attendant by grabbing his shoulder and demanding coffee, according to an affidavit via TBEN Los Angeles.

The unruly passenger then walked to the front of the plane where he lingered near the first class area and sat in an open seat. When a flight attendant asked the passenger to return to his seat, Le reportedly refused and tried to punch the employee, but missed. He then attacked the flight attendant, as can be seen in the footage.

After allegedly hitting the American Airlines employee, the unruly passenger again walked to the front of the plane but was stopped by other passengers.

Le was moved to another row while handcuffed with both his arms and legs. However, he continued to unbuckle his seatbelt, causing servants to hold him with seatbelt extenders.

American Airlines issued a statement regarding the attack:

Violence against our team members is not tolerated by American Airlines. The person involved in this incident will never be allowed to travel with us in the future, and we will be working closely with law enforcement in their investigation.

Le was due to appear in court on Thursday afternoon, TBEN Los Angeles noted. The maximum sentence he faces, if convicted on all charges, is 20 years in prison.

This year, since Tuesday, the FAA has received 1,973 reports of unruly passengers, initiated 680 investigations and initiated 468 enforcement cases.

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