The world’s largest airline, American Airlines, on Wednesday came out against the behavior of a passenger on a flight it operated earlier this month. The airline, which flies out of Los Angeles and Boston, was responding to a controversial video, which, according to reports, shows the passenger punching a female flight attendant in the face and thrashing around with her hair and belongings, while being restrained. According to the video, which was first published by The Guardian and subsequently picked up by CBS and various other news organizations, the passenger was traveling with children, including two infants. The woman “came to the front of the plane and bit the flight attendant on the arm,” according to American Airlines CEO Doug Parker. At first, she was restrained, but she then allegedly became violent. The attacker was identified as Jennifer Castellanos, 31, from Fontana, California. She was arrested by police in Los Angeles on Sunday morning.
John Oliver gave his thoughts on the incident in an interview with The Guardian, which took place earlier this week. “It’s one of the worst things that I’ve ever witnessed in my life,” the HBO host said. “I can’t put into words what she did and what she was, on a personal level, just like Hannibal Lecter’s mother. It was just one of the most annoying, infuriating moments that you could imagine.” In his wide-ranging interview, Oliver, who was in Britain to promote his new comedy specials, also shared insights about the ever-changing geopolitical environment, dubbed “The Plot to Take Over the World.”