American Airlines flight attendant 'whacks a mother with a stroller while she holds her twin babies and reduces her to tears' - then is filmed challenging a passenger to a FIGHT and yelling 'hit me!'
- American Airlines staff member seen challenging passenger to a fight
- Argument was precipitated by alleged assault of a woman by AA employee
- Incident occurred on AA Flight 591 from San Francisco to Dallas-Fort Worth
- AA released statement saying the incident 'does not reflect our values'
- The flight attendant has been suspended by the airline pending an investigation
An American Airlines flight attendant has been removed from duty after a shocking video emerged showing him challenging a passenger to a fight after allegedly hitting a woman with a stroller during boarding.
The upsetting footage, filmed before Flight 591 departed from San Francisco on Fridayafternoon, shows the airline staff member goading a passenger and saying, 'hit me'.
The clip was uploaded by passenger Surain Adyanthaya, who explained he started filming after the flight attendant 'violently took a stroller from a lady with her baby on my flight, hitting her and just missing the baby'.
Adyanthaya went on to explain: 'They just involuntarily escorted the mother and her kids off the flight and let the flight attendant back on, who tried to fight other passengers. The mom asked for an apology and the AA official declined.'
The video shows a woman with a child in her arms after allegedly being hit with a stroller on the flight
Others on board were clearly disturbed by the incident. One male passenger (left) got up and made his feelings known
In the video, a distraught woman is seen standing at the front of the plane holding a child.
She can be seen sobbing and asks staff members to get her stroller back.
At this point, other passengers are heard expressing their disgust at the situation.
One says he's 'not going to sit here and watch this...' and then gets up and walks to the front of the plane to confront flight attendants.
The man asks for the name of the employee who is alleged to have hit the crying woman.
The situation escalates further when a man in an American Airlines uniform boards the plane
The American Airlines employee challenges a passenger to a fight after the woman was allegedly hit with her stroller
The male passenger who intervened confronts the uniformed employee. 'You do that to me and I'll knock you flat,' the man says. That's when the employee retorts: 'Try it. Hit me'
Another passenger, a woman, also confronts an American Airlines employee about the situation.
The situation escalates further when a man in an American Airlines uniform boards the plane.
The male passenger who got up out of his seat to intervene confronts the uniformed employee.
'You do that to me and I'll knock you flat,' the man says.
The staff member responds by pointing his finger at the man and telling him to 'stay out of it.'
The male passenger then steps closer to the employee, who challenges him to a fight.
Adyanthaya posted a photo on his Facebook page showing the woman with two young children in her arms
'Try it,' the employee tells the customer. 'Hit me. You don't know what the story is.'
'You almost hurt a baby!' the man is heard replying.
Adyanthaya posted another photo on his Facebook page showing the woman with two young children - believed to be twins - in her arms.
It appears she is being escorted off of the plane.
Adyanthaya claimed the woman was removed and the employee who supposedly was violent toward her was permitted back on the plane.
This is the latest PR nightmare for the US aviation industry.
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