The American Airlines pilot who was arrested for attacking one of the airline’s ground agents sure seems like a piece of work — and not just for this one incident where he is reported to have pushed the woman and grabbed her by the neck.
Over at AirlinePilotForums.com a pilot tells this story,
I confirmed it was the same guy. He was involved in my worst jumpseat experience ever. I was offline jumpeating on the 777 out of MIA and went to introduce myself to the Captain even though I had a seat in the back. I didn’t interrupt anything. Knocked, introduced myself with my license and medical in hand.
He said, “You have a seat in the back?” I said yes. He then yelled, “Then what the **** are you doing up here?” I left and he came back to my seat and chewed my ass out some more saying he’d never seen someone who had a seat in the back come into the cockpit. It ruined my whole week.
He adds “After the flight was over I went to shake his hand and say thanks for the ride and he gave me a fist bump.”
If the story is as-told what’s strange is that you’d expect the pilot seated in back to check in with the cockpit anyway even if he wasn’t jumpseating. Naturally it’s a pilot forum so some pilots come to the man’s defense, suggesting that (1) we shouldn’t take a foreign government’s word for what happened (never mind the word of the American Airlines employee who was attacked) and (2) that the pilot in the jump seat story could just have a common name and be a different person, though I’ve had someone separately reach out to tell me it’s the same individual.
While the pilot was briefly detained in Brazil for his attack on the American employee, he’s already out of custody and flew three-cabin first class home to the States.