A surveillance video of an off-duty pilot being shoved by a passenger was captured at Kansas City International Airport on April 12.
The physical contact occurred shortly after the two men arrived in Kansas City, coming off an American Airlines flight from Dallas, but the disagreement started on the plane.
According to the police report, Edward N. Foster, 49, thought the pilot, who was riding as a passenger, was not being respectful and was taking up too much aisle room during the flight. As the aircraft was parked at the gate, Foster asked the pilot to move in order to make room for disembarking passengers. In his statement, he says he told the pilot that “he should not be rude to the customers.”
The video shows the two men as they are headed for the exit. While they’re walking, Foster tries to take a picture of the pilot’s badge. The pilot raises his hand to get the phone “out of his face,” according to the police report.
That’s when Foster becomes aggressive and grabs the pilot, shoving him twice and causing him to fall backwards over his luggage.
The video also shows that Foster followed the pilot outside the airport, determined to snap a picture of the pilot or his badge. The pilot’s wife was waiting outside in a vehicle. In the police report, Foster said he wanted to take a picture of the license plate.
After initially declining to prosecute, the pilot was interviewed the next day by KCI Airport Police detectives. One day later, two days after the incident, Foster was cited for “intentionally inflicting bodily injury” according to court documents obtained by KMBC News in Kansas City.
According to the court documents, the pilot had cuts on his legs as well as bruising on his forearm.
A source for KMBC said the pilot was an American Airlines employee. A representative for the airline, Ross Feinstein, did not confirm the pilot’s employment.
“We are not going to comment on a pending investigation by law enforcement,” Feinstein said.
Another view of the incident including Foster attempting another picture.
H/T: The New York Post
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