The INSIDER Summary:
- 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.
- The attacker does not work for EasyJet, according to a statement from the airline. EasyJet says that he works for Samsic, a special assistance provider used by the Nice airport.
- EasyJet confirmed that the attacker has been suspended from his position.
As if an 11-hour flight delay wasn’t bad enough, an EasyJet passenger holding a baby was reportedly punched in the face by an airport employee at the Nice airport in an allegedly unprovoked attack.
EasyJet flight 2122 was scheduled to fly from Nice, France, to London Luton Airport on Saturday, although passengers experienced extensive delays, according to CNN.
The incident allegedly occurred when the victim, who was holding a child, voiced a complaint about the delay to an airport worker. A photo circulating on Twitter, posted by witness Arabella Arkwright, shows a man who appears to be dressed as an airport employee throwing a punch. Arkwright told MailOnline that the attack was unprovoked, and that her husband had to hold the attacker back.
— Arabella Ark (@ArabellaArkwri1) July 29, 2017
EasyJet initially responded by tweeting that they were looking into the incident.
We are concerned to see this – it is not an easyJet staff member & they do not work for our ground handling agents. 1/2
— easyJet Press Office (@easyJet_press) July 30, 2017
The airline has since released a statement about the incident, confirming that the attacker was not an EasyJet employee.
“EasyJet was very concerned to hear about the incident in Nice between a passenger and an employee of a contractor of Nice Airport. The person is not an easyJet member of staff and also does not work for easyJet’s ground handling agents in Nice. We took this matter up with Nice Airport and their special assistance provider Samsic and understand the airport has confirmed his suspension,” EasyJet told INSIDER.
The identity of the passenger and his condition is still unknown, although EasyJet also said “the safety and wellbeing of our passengers and crew is always easyJet’s highest priority.”
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