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Video shows passenger hitting Southwest Airlines flight attendant who lost teeth in assault

Video footage has been released showing the assault on a Southwest Airlines flight attendant last weekend by an unruly passenger, who left the attendant bloodied and reportedly missing two teeth.

The witness who took the video says both the passenger and the flight attendant deserve blame for the altercation.

What are the details?

The incident occurred Sunday morning after a flight from Sacramento, California, landed in San Diego.

It was first reported by a Transport Workers Union of America local president who raised it to Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly in a plea for better safety for airline employees amid a significant spike in passenger incidents over the past year — the vast majority of which the FAA has attributed to non-compliance with mask policies.

A spokesperson for Southwest confirmed the altercation, saying in a statement to ABC News Tuesday that “the passenger repeatedly ignored standard inflight instructions and became verbally and physically abusive upon landing.”

Witness Michelle Manner pulled out her cell phone to record after the flight attendant, who has not been named, battled back and forth verbally with a row of passengers.

Manner says the whole thing stemmed from one passenger not properly wearing their mask, and that both the flight attendant and the passenger who hit her deserve blame for escalating the situation.

“Both of them, in my opinion, were wrong and it could have totally been avoided,” Manner told KFMB-TV, with whom she shared the footage. ”

Manner says she was only able to capture the last part of the argument between the attendant and the passengers, and claims a verbal altercation between the parties began roughly five minutes prior when the attendant pressed a passenger sitting in a window seat to pull her mask over her nose.

According to Manner, the attendant then left to report the passenger to the captain of the aircraft before returning to the confrontation.

“The frustration from the first altercation was still brewing – in all of them – including the flight attendant, no doubt, and so it just escalated very, very fast,” Manner recalled. “I heard the passenger [sitting by the aisle] say three times something to the effect of, ‘Get off of me. Don’t lean on me.'”

Manner went on to say, “The passenger was incorrect by hitting her, but she was also, in my opinion, provoked.”

Anything else?

Fox News reported that 28-year-old passenger Vyvianna Quinonez was arrested following the incident for battery causing serious bodily injury according to the San Diego Harbor Police Department.

Southwest has permanently banned Quinonez from flying with the airline, USA Today reported.

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Southwest Airlines flight attendant loses two teeth in assault by passenger: union

A flight attendant for Southwest Airlines was attacked by a passenger during a flight over the weekend and lost two teeth in the assault, according to a union president.

What are the details?

Transport Workers Union of America Local 556 President Lyn Montgomery brought up the incident in a letter to Southwest CEO Gary Kelly on Monday, urging him to boost security on flights to protect workers.

According to NBC News, Montgomery wrote that “From April 8 to May 15, there were 477 passenger misconduct incidents on Southwest Airlines aircraft,” arguing, “”The unprecedented number of incidents has reached an intolerable level, with passenger non-compliance events also becoming more aggressive in nature.”

The union boss went on to say that one flight attendant working over the weekend was “seriously assaulted, resulting in injuries to the face and a loss of two teeth.”

A Southwest spokesperson told ABC News Tuesday that the incident occurred Sunday morning on a flight from Sacramento to San Diego. Neither the passenger nor flight attendant were identified, but both are female.

“The passenger repeatedly ignored standard inflight instructions and became verbally and physically abusive upon landing,” the spokesman said, adding that police took the passenger into custody upon landing.

The flight attendant was hospitalized but has been released.

Fox News reported that the Federal Aviation Administration “has been cracking down on ‘unruly’ passengers” of late.

On Monday, the FAA tweeted, “The FAA has proposed fines between $9K and $15K against five passengers for allegedly interfering with and, in two cases, assaulting flight attendants. We have zero tolerance for unruly or dangerous behavior. Our fines can reach up to $35K.”

NBC reported that “in a typical year, the agency sees 100 to 150 formal cases of bad passenger behavior. Since the start of this year, that number has jumped to 2,500, including about 1,900 passengers who refused to comply with the federal mask mandate, according to the FAA.”

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Is it rude to recline your seat on an airplane? Debate rages as Delta’s CEO says it’s ‘proper’ to ask permission first

Last month, a woman flying on an American Airlines flight took video of the man behind her repeatedly hitting the back of her seat as she reclined. After posting the clip to social media on Saturday, it went viral, sparking a debate over who was in the wrong.

New fire fed the controversy on Friday, when the CEO of Delta Air Lines weighed in saying it is “proper” for passengers to ask permission before reclining their seat.

What are the details?

Wendi Williams told TMZ she was on an American Airlines flight from New Orleans to Charlotte on Jan. 31 when the unidentified man sitting behind her began punching her seat in a “violent” manner before she began filming him, at which point he reduced the force he used but continued to repeatedly hit her seat.

Williams is now in search of the man’s identity, because she wants to sue him for assault. She is also demanding that a flight attendant be fired for asking her to delete the footage and offering the man a drink.

The incident sparked debate across social media, with some arguing passengers who paid their fare have the right to utilize the available function of a reclining seat, and others arguing that reclining is rude and intrudes on the already-limited space of another traveler.

Delta CEO Ed Bastian waded in on the debate by siding with the latter stance, telling CNBC‘s “Squawk Box” on Friday, “The proper thing to do is, if you’re going to recline into somebody, you ask if it’s OK first.” He added, “I never recline, because I don’t think it’s something as a CEO I should be doing, and I never say anything if someone reclines into me.”

But even among experts there is disagreement on the issue. Etiquette guru William Hanson told the Daily Mail, “We can all agree it is irritating when the passenger in front reclines but it is within their rights to do so. The only time it is wrong is when the meal service is still happening and yet to be cleared.”

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