A fight between two flight attendants that resulted in a delayed takeoff, one of them in tears, and both of them exiting the aircraft has prompted an internal investigation.A
As American Airlines flight 4860, operated by SkyWest Airlines as American Eagle, was about to depart from Los Angeles for Houston, the disagreement turned the passengers trip sour on Saturday afternoon
The fight started when a first-class passenger asked to trade seats with someone in coach so she could sit close to her husband, according to a TikTok video that ESPN “SportsCenter” host and reporter Ashley Brewer shared.
According to Brewer, a female flight attendant claimed that it was against the rules even though a male flight attendant consented to let her switch.
Brewer claimed that the first-class traveler sitting next to her was okay with remaining in place, but the disagreement between the flight attendants heated up.
“Well for some reason the flight attendants were not fine, and they kept bickering and going back and forth in the middle of the aisle about the rules, what was right and what was wrong,” Brewer said. “They just had some beef or something, so they kept going back and forth and he started yelling at her. He was really, like, out of line. He should not have done that.”
According to Brewer, the female flight attendant rushed to the front of the aircraft and broke down in tears. She claimed that when she approached the female flight attendant to check in on her, she informed her that “I’m not flying with him.”
The two flight attendants eventually exited the aircraft despite the pilots and flight crew’s best efforts to speak with them.
According to one of Brewer’s recordings, the passengers were forced to wait over two hours before the plane could take off.
According to FlightAware data, the flight left Los Angeles International Airport at 2:04 p.m. local time and arrived in Houston at roughly 7 p.m. local time after a one-hour delay.
SkyWest said in a statement it is aware of reports “regarding a flight attendant issue” that caused the flight to be delayed Saturday.
“We regret the delay this caused for our passengers and apologies for any inconvenience. We hold all our employees to the highest standards of professionalism and are conducting an internal investigation related to this flight,” the statement said.
Photo Credit: ESPN anchor Ashley Brewer via TikTok/@ashleyebrewer