American Airlines passenger 'breaks flight attendant's nose' as CEO calls attack 'one of the worst' in company's history

AN AMERICAN Airlines flight to California was diverted on Wednesday night, after a passenger reportedly went to the back of the plane and broke a flight attendant's nose.

The flight attended was punched in the face twice, according to CNN, and the American Airlines CEO called the attack "one of the worst" in the company's history.

Flight 976 from JFK Airport in New York City to Santa Ana, California, landed in Denver, where police "removed and apprehended the passenger," according to the airline.

Doug Parker, the CEO of American Airlines, said in a statement on social media that the company is supporting the injured flight attendant.

The man accused of assaulting the woman will be banned from flying on the airline again, Parker said.


He added: "That is not enough…. We're doing everything we can to ensure he is prosecuted to the fullest extent possible."

The incident is reportedly being investigated by the FBI, which said that no arrests have been made and that an investigation is ongoing.

The Federal Aviation Administration also said that it will investigate the incident.

Earlier this year, the FAA announced a zero-tolerance policy for unruly passengers on its flights.

In August, the agency said it had issued more than $1 million in fines for unruly passengers this year.

The same month, a passenger received a $45,000 fine when they were accused of throwing his luggage at another passenger.

While lying on the aisle floor, that passenger is then accused of "grabbing a flight attendant by the ankles and putting his head up her skirt."

The FAA said in its latest update that there had been 4,941 unruly passenger reports in 2021.

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