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Passenger called a flight attendant the N-word

Posted at 11:24 PM, Jun 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-08 23:24:16-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - An American Airlines flight attendant had a hard time doing her job on Thursday because of an unruly passenger.

The Lee County Port Authority arrested George Alexander for his behavior aboard American Airlines flight #862. The flight attendant told authorities Alexander used a racial slur when he asked her to move.

She told investigators that Alexander walked up behind her while she served beverages to other passengers. She said he jabbed his fingers into the center of her back.

According to the report, Alexander used the n-word when he demanded the flight attendant to move.

Passengers disgusted to hear this happened.

"It's normal that people just freeze. In a contained space, like a plane, ou don't want the person to escalate," Laura Birnie said as she waited for her family.

The flight attendant told the Port Authority she asked Alexander to stop, However, Alexander didn't allow for her to move past her before he said another offensive thing towards her. She told investigators that he told her "you're too big for this job."

Staci Simon-Lindsay felt sympathy for the flight attendant. She said that the things Alexander said could be scarring.

"You'd think about it in the car," Simon-Lindsay said. "It stays with you," she added.

Birnie hopes Alexander learns from his experience.

"Normally when people act like this they are projecting," Birnie said. "When you feel very uncomfortable with yourself, you feel it's easier to attack someone else."