Published: Wed, August 02, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

French airport worker punches passenger holding a baby

French airport worker punches passenger holding a baby

A passenger holding a baby on an EasyJet flight from Nice to London was reportedly punched in the face by an airport employee after complaining about his delayed flight.

This scene of very human brutality played out over the weekend in, of all places, Nice, France, where travelers at Nice Côte d'Azur Airport were waiting on an easyJet flight to London Luton Airport in the UK.

"The couple were showing some irritation, which was perfectly understandable in the circumstances, but she was not threatening and was just saying "we've got children" which is quite a normal thing to say", said Arkwright. It said airport management "condemns" the incident and has immediately asked the employee to be suspended.

EasyJet said the worker was not employed by the airline, but for airport subcontractor Samsic, which provides assistance for disabled passengers.

"EasyJet is very anxious about seeing this photo and can confirm that the person in the photo is not an EasyJet employee and does not work for EasyJet Nice", the spokesman said.

The statement blamed the lengthy flight delay on "a fueller at Nice Airport who drove away with part of the hose" still connected to the aircraft after refueling. Some reports said the flight was delayed more than 14 hours.

The man who was attacked was not, as the photo states, an EasyJet staff member, but an airport contracted employee from the company Samsic. They saw that the victim had bruises on his face from the punch.

"Clearly it is a misconduct situation", stated Francois Guitard, a director at the Nice Airport.

"Passengers were provided with updates and refreshment vouchers during this time and the flight landed in London Luton [Airport] last night".

The passengers of EasyJet lost their patience and jointly expressed their frustration at the departure gate at Nice France.

The airline also explained that the plane's delay was due to a mishap during the fueling process, during which the fuel truck drove away with the hose still attached to the aircraft, causing some damage. The Twitter user who posted the images, Arabella Ark, said the incident happened after a long delay which the airline clocked at almost 13 hours.

A photograph purporting to show the moment the worker took a swing at the passenger quickly went viral. In that incident, a United official told passengers that they needed four people to give up their seats to accommodate off-duty crew members.

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