American Airlines CEO Doug Parker called the unruly man who assaulted a flight attendant during a domestic flight on June 30 one of the most “egregious” incidents the company has seen in the aviation industry.
The airline canceled a domestic flight in Florida Saturday to determine how to handle a man who physically attacked an American Airlines flight attendant during a domestic flight, said the airline’s chief executive, Doug Parker.
The incident, which included a man assaulting an American Airlines flight attendant and throwing a drink on the aircraft, left a woman injured, the Associated Press reported.
The man involved, 33-year-old Brandon Bark, was arrested on suspicion of interfering with a flight crew and was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he remained Monday. The woman onboard was unhurt, the Florida Highway Patrol told the AP.
Airport officials said the woman was “briefly injured” by flying debris that hit her face and face.
American Airlines canceled Saturday’s flight after it was reported that the man attacked a flight attendant and threw a drink on another passenger, the Orlando Sentinel reported. The flight, from Ft. Lauderdale to Orlando International Airport, was moved to the back of the plane before it left for the flight, according to the Sentinel.
After the man was removed from the flight and restrained, he was escorted off the aircraft by law enforcement, authorities said.
“Upon landing the flight was cleared to proceed,” the FAA said in a statement. “A flight attendant reported that a passenger assaulted her. Additional people involved declined medical assistance, so law enforcement conducted a boarding procedure and detained the man to assist with the investigation.”
On Sunday, American Airlines canceled a scheduled flight in Atlanta after it too was disrupted by a passenger, and the incident came a day after Southwest Airlines canceled several flights Friday because a potentially violent man onboard tried to enter a cockpit, threatening to shoot everyone.
And it wasn’t the first time that incident on Saturday. The man was arrested on suspicion of interfering with a flight crew Friday after he allegedly yelled racial slurs at another passenger on a flight between Cleveland and Fort Lauderdale, CNN reported.
FBI officials in Miami said Sunday they were still investigating the incident with the flight crew but that they believed Bark attacked the flight attendant “in the course of a theft attempt.”
“This clearly is one of the most egregious incidents in the history of the airline industry,” Parker said in a statement.
Parker told the Associated Press on Monday that the airline was taking responsibility for putting the unruly man on the plane.
“Our employees are always our first priority, and we’re being honest with them about what happened here because we can’t have an incident like this happening on our team’s watch,” Parker said. “This is not us. It’s not our way.”
Fox News’ Laura Ingraham and The Associated Press contributed to this report.