An American Airlines employee has been suspended after he allegedly hit a mother with her baby’s stroller on Friday, according to reports.
The woman reportedly boarded a plane from San Francisco to Dallas when the male flight attendant “violently took the stroller,” hitting her and just missing her young child, according to a witness on the flight.
A video posted to Facebook by Surian Adyanthaya captured the aftermath of the incident.
The mother appears distraught as she cries near the front of the plane.
Another passenger then gets up to defend the mom.
“Hey bud, you do that to me and I’ll knock you flat,” the man says to the flight attendant during the video.
“You stay out of this,” the flight attendant responds.
The passenger then steps forward to confront the attendant.
“Hit me, c’mon, bring it on!” the attendant says on the video. “C’mon, you don’t know what the story is.”
The Facebook video has already been viewed more than 1 million times since it was posted yesterday.
American Airlines condemned the flight attendant’s behavior and said it had launched an investigation into the incident.
“What we see on this video does not reflect our values or how we care for our customers,” the airline said in a statement. “We are deeply sorry for the pain we have caused this passenger and her family and to any other customers affected by the incident.”
The incident comes just three weeks after a Chicago man was beaten and dragged off an United Airlines flight by airport police when he refused to give up his seat to an airline employee who needed to catch a connecting flight.