OC man charged after punching a flight attendant on a flight from Mexico to LAX

Federal authorities have arrested and charged an Orange County man after video footage showed him hitting a flight attendant in the back of the head during a Wednesday flight from Mexico to Los Angeles International Airport, prosecutors said.

Alexander Tung Ko Lee, 33, of Westminster, has been charged with interfering with cabin crew and flight attendants, the US Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California said in a news release Thursday.

Prosecutors said Lu was traveling from San Jose del Cabo to Los Angeles airport on Wednesday when he got off his seat while the flight attendants were in the middle of distributing food and drink on American Airlines Flight 377. Prosecutors said Luo grabbed a flight attendant by the shoulder from behind and asked coffee, then grabbed her by the shoulders. The flight attendant pulled back and took a defensive stance, then walked Lee to the front of the plane, according to court documents.

He wobbled near the first-class cabin and sat in an empty corridor near the wall dividing the sides of the plane. Another flight attendant asked Lu to return to his seat, but he refused and claimed to have taken a combative stance and closed both hands in fists. Prosecutors said the flight attendant viewed it as a threat.

Prosecutors said Lou swung his arm over the flight attendant and miscalculated, when the flight attendant turned to inform the pilot of Low’s actions. Authorities said that while their backs were turned, Lu rushed toward the flight attendant and punched him in the back of the head. A number of passengers witnessed the attack, and one of them recorded the accident.

Lee ran to the back of the plane after the accident and was surrounded by several passengers near the exit row. He was then taken to another fight due to safety concerns and handcuffed and handcuffed. Prosecutors said the flight attendants further restricted him by extending his seat belt as he continued to unbuckle the seat belt.

American Airlines said in a statement that the flight was received by law enforcement authorities when it arrived at LAX.

“American Airlines does not tolerate acts of violence against members of our team. The individual involved in this incident will never be permitted to fly with us in the future, and we will work closely with law enforcement in their investigations,” American Airlines said. The safety of fellow team members and customers on board. Our thoughts are with our infected host, and we are ensuring that they and their fellow crew members have the support they need at this time.”

Lu is scheduled to appear in federal court Thursday afternoon. If convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

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