Southwest Airlines Employee Hospitalized After Passenger Assault: Police

A Southwest Airlines worker has been hospitalized after being bodily assaulted by a passenger at an airport in Texas, authorities mentioned.

Arielle Jean Jackson, 32, allegedly struck a feminine operations agent within the head with a closed fist after being requested to depart the aircraft shortly after boarding at Dallas Love Field airport on Saturday afternoon, the Dallas Police Department mentioned.

Jackson allegedly first bought right into a verbal altercation with one other operations agent behind the aircraft, which was heading to New York’s LaGuardia Airport, police mentioned. It wasn’t clear what provoked the altercation.

Arielle Jean Jackson was arrested for aggravated assault after allegedly punching a Southwest Airlines employee on a plane in Texas over the weekend, leading to the employee's hospitalization.
Arielle Jean Jackson was arrested for aggravated assault after allegedly punching a Southwest Airlines worker on a aircraft in Texas over the weekend, resulting in the worker’s hospitalization.

Dallas County Jail

Jackson, who didn’t have an lawyer listed with the jail, was charged with aggravated assault, police mentioned. As of Sunday, the worker, who has not been recognized, stays hospitalized in steady situation with a number of accidents, the airline informed HuffPost.

“Our entire Southwest Family is wishing her a speedy and full recovery as we send our thoughts, prayers, and love to her,” a spokesperson mentioned in an announcement. “Southwest Airlines maintains a zero-tolerance policy regarding any type of harassment or assault and fully support our Employee as we cooperate with local authorities regarding this unacceptable incident.”

Incidents involving unruly passengers on planes have been sky-high this 12 months. As of final week, 5,114 incidents involving unruly passengers and three,710 mask-related incidents have been reported, in keeping with the Federal Aviation Administration. From these incidents, the FAA initiated 973 investigations, which is roughly 5 instances greater than the variety of investigations initiated in 2020, in keeping with FAA knowledge.

Last month an American Airlines flight attendant reportedly sustained a concussion and needed to be faraway from a aircraft by stretcher after she was allegedly punched within the face by a passenger.

In May, a Southwest Airlines flight attendant suffered accidents to their face, together with the lack of two tooth, following an assault involving a passenger, the airline’s union mentioned.

President Joe Biden final month instructed the U.S. Justice Department to “deal” with this rise in violence on airplanes.

In January, the FAA introduced it might implement a stricter “zero tolerance” coverage in opposition to unruly passengers. Passengers beforehand had been given a warning or counseling or civil penalties. With this improve, anybody who interferes with, bodily assaults, or threatens to bodily assault plane crew or anybody else on an plane faces fines as much as $35,000 and imprisonment.

This coverage was set to run out on the finish of March however on account of ongoing incidents, it was prolonged.