Image of passenger holding a baby getting punched by an airport employee surface
2017, amiright? Does this year completely suck, or is it just me? There’s no way it’s just me. But one of the stand-out suckages of the year is definitely air travel. Remember when it was “the friendly skies?” When people smiled at you, you didn’t have to pay to check a bag, and security lines weren’t the absolute worst?
2017 has not been a good year for air travel stories. First there was the man who was dragged off an overbooked flight (bleeding from wounds security caused), then there was the toddler that wet herself because the flight attendant wouldn’t let her use the first class bathroom, and who can forget the baby who was nearly hit after an American Airlines attendant violently wrestled her stroller away from her mother? Fun times.
Now, there’s actual footage of an airport employee punching a man holding a child in the face. What in the hell is being piped through the ventilation system in airports these days? Steroids?
A woman snapped this photo while a man was trying to board an EasyJet flight to London out of Nice, France on Saturday. She assumed the man was an employee of EasyJet, but EasyJet responded to the tweet by saying the man actually works for Samsic, a company contracted by the airport to help with passengers in need of extra assistance.
Let’s just repeat that. They’re contracted to help with passengers in need of extra assistance. Okay, moving on.
The punch reportedly came after the customer had already dealt with a fourteen hour delay. Awesome!
The Guardian reports that Arabella Arkwright, the woman who captured and tweeted the photo, “said the man was holding his baby while his wife vented their frustration to airport staff about the lack of baby food and seats.”
“The man with the baby … went over and talked to the Frenchman and the Frenchman didn’t reply, he just smiled and smirked and then whacked this guy on the left side of his face,” she told BBC Radio 5 Live.
Both men were taken away by airport police, but passengers reportedly demand the man be allowed to board. Arkwright said when he finally boarded the plane the passengers were clapping for him.
EasyJet released a statement that said, “We are urgently taking this up with Nice airport and their special assistance provider Samsic, who we understand the person photographed works for… The safety and wellbeing of our passengers and crew is always easyJet’s highest priority,” it said. “EasyJet sincerely apologises for the delay and thanks passengers for their patience.”
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