An American Airlines passenger was arrested on Sunday after allegedly assaulting a crew member.
According simpleflying report, a woman onboard American Airlines flight 1357 from Miami (MIA) to New York (JFK) assaulted a flight attendant after complaining they didn’t pick up her garbage. Chenasia Campbell followed an attendant to the crew area of the plane before launching into a verbal tirade. After a second flight attendant intervened, Campbell allegedly threw punches and pulled her hair.
The passenger briefly got into a heated argument with another passenger before returning to the crew area and yelling obscenities at the crew. She punched the second flight attendant again before claiming, “cops aren’t going to do anything to me.” The passenger also allegedly attempted to pull up or remove the flight attendant’s dress during the altercation.
The flight attendant reportedly asked the pilot to land the plane, but the request was denied. Eventually, an off-duty New York police officer onboard the plane intervened and placed the suspect in hand restraints for the rest of the flight. After the plane touched down at New York JFK Airport, Campbell was taken into custody by authorities.
According to court documents,
“The defendant reapproached the Victim in the crew area of the plane and began yelling obscenities. The defendant stated to the Victim that the “cops aren’t going to do anything to me,” and then struck the Victim with closed fists, causing the two of them to fall to the floor. At some point during the altercation, the defendant attempted to pull up or remove the Victim’s dress.”
The alleged attacker was arraigned at Brooklyn Federal Court for an assault charge on Monday. The passenger will be charged with interfering with a flight crew, which is classified as a federal offense punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Campbell, a New York resident who is currently unemployed, is said to have worked for the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities in the past.
As stated in court documents,
“The defendant, CHENASIA I. CAMPBELL, did knowingly and intentionally assault and intimidate a flight attendant of the aircraft, interfere with the performance of the duties of the flight attendant, and lessen the ability of the flight attendant to perform those duties.”
The defendant attended a virtual hearing on Monday and was released on $15,000 bail. Prosecutors also demanded that Campbell undergo a mental health evaluation and random drug testing. Defending lawyers claim that the defendant is already participating in a mental health treatment program.
Fortunately, the flight attendant received no major injuries and required no further medical assistance after landing in New York. However, court documents allege that the injuries sustained impaired her ability to perform her duties for the rest of the flight.
The flight attendant is said to have, sustained scrapes to the arm and cheek, bruises to the forehead and leg, swollen hands from defending herself, and a strained neck as a result of being pulled to the floor by the defendant. The Victim was evaluated by medical personnel at JFK and refused additional medical assistance.”