A flight attendant was punched in the back of the head by a passenger as they jetted from Mexico to the USA.
The shocking sucker punch was caught on camera by passenger Barrie Livingstone, whose footage sees a man in an orange patterned shirt leg it up behind the steward before punching him in the back of the head.
The incident took place while mid-air on the way from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico to Los Angeles in California, on American Airlines Flight 377.
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After the initial punch, the attacker backs off and according to reports, he lashed out because he couldn’t use a toilet.
Speaking to KTLA, Mr Livingstone explained how the passenger hadn’t been in first class, yet wanted to use the toilets at the front of the plane.
“Once he started screaming at him, the flight attendant just turned around and I think he was going to go and do something,” he said.
“But as he turned around and walked away, the guy jumped out of his seat, bolted down the [aisle], and punched him in the back. It was totally unprovoked.”
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The attacker ended up zip tied by four other passengers, who stepped in to stop his from carrying on with his bizarre attack.
But the man’s actions took a surreal turn, Mr Livingstone said: “It felt like you were very helpless and then every 10 minutes, he sort of had Tourette’s and would just lash out and start screaming and shouting about being the messiah and feeling misunderstood.”
Upon landing, the man was taken into custody by the FBI.
American Airlines said in a statement: “Acts of violence against our team members are not tolerated by American Airlines.
“The individual involved in this incident will never be allowed to travel with us in the future, and we will work closely with law enforcement in their investigation.
“We thank our crew for their quick action and professionalism to ensure the safety of their fellow team members and customers on board.”
Mr Livingston reckoned that if the unidentified man had gone unchecked by other passengers “it could have been much worse.”
The man has been arrested under suspicion of interfering with a flight crew.
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