An American Airlines flight attendant was captured on viral TikTok video berating passengers who verbally abused the crew after the flight was diverted in bad weather.
In the viral clip, a 22-year-old man on the Monday flight from LA to Charlotte, North Carolina, calls a female flight attendant “a fat gorilla” and also hurled obscenities at her after she told him to wear a face mask.
“There was absolutely no excuse for it,” musician Brent Underwood, 39, of the band 87&Pine, who recorded the video, told The Charlotte Observer.
“It doesn’t matter what you look like. Everybody deserves respect. And everybody deserves to be punished equally for being a rude person like that. Why would you call a person a fat gorilla?” he said.
Bad weather forced the flight to divert to the Raleigh Durham airport, where it sat for three hours and was refueled, according to the paper. It had circled the Charlotte airport for a half-hour