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Passenger Punches Flight Attendant Over Sandwich

Impacting Travel | Rich Thomaselli | April 01, 2015

Passenger Punches Flight Attendant Over Sandwich

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Another month, another air rage incident in which a flight attendant is the unfortunate victim.

According to the London Daily Mail, an EasyJet flight en route from Geneva to Kosovo was forced to make an emergency landing in Rome after a male passenger punched a female flight attendant to the floor because he was "waiting too long for a sandwich."

Passengers told the newspaper the man was shouting “I’ve been waiting for hours, I’m hungry.” One passenger said, “He shouted at the stewardess, then he stood up and punched her and when she fell to the floor, he carried on hitting her.”

Other passengers intervened and pulled the man off the flight attendant. The woman later told the Swiss news website 20 Minutes: “I was totally shocked. I can’t understand how anyone could react so violently over a sandwich.”

The man was arrested after the flight landed in Rome.

This is the at least the fourth such incident of air rage being directed at a flight attendant or crew member in five months. In February, Los Angeles International Airport Police say 32-year-old Lisa Piasecki of Irwin, North Carolina, was arrested after causing a physical confrontation with a flight attendant aboard a Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta to L.A. Police said the woman was allegedly intoxicated at the time. Three Delta crew members said the woman became belligerent during the flight and physically assaulted at least one flight attendant before being physically restrained to her seat less than an hour before landing at LAX.

In late January, two flight attendants were punched by a man who, fellow passengers said, was screaming about assassins in the plane. The US Airways flight out of Charlotte had just begun to leave the gate when the incident occurred. It quickly returned to the gate and one of the flight attendants was removed by stretcher suffering from what was described as "serious injuries."

In December, on an AirAsia flight en route from Bangkok, Thailand, to Nanjing, China, a female passenger – initially upset when she and her partner were not seated together – threw boiling water in the face of a female flight attendant. The pilot turned the plane around, landed back in Bangkok and the woman was arrested.


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