An image posted on social media shows a Nice Airport worker punching a man holding a baby in the face for allegedly complaining about the delay.
A Nice airport worker was photographed punching a man in the face while he was holding a baby for allegedly complaining about his easyJet’s flight delay.
Accounts on social media suggest that a man holding a nine-month old child was talking to a Samsic employee about the lack of baby food during the delay. It is at this moment the French airport worker threw a left hook at the passenger’s face.
Arabella Arkwright, who took the photograph told BBC Radio 5: “The man with the baby… went over and talked to the Frenchman and the Frenchman didn’t reply, he just smiled and smirked and then whacked this guy on the left side of his face.”
Both men were taken away, but fellow passengers demanded the assaulted passenger should be allowed to board his flight. “When he arrived on the plane, all the plane clapped him” Arabella Arkwright said.
easyJet released a statement saying: “We are urgently taking this up with Nice Airport and their special assistance provider Samsic who we understand the person photographed works for.”
The airline apologised to its passengers for the 13-hour delay – “This was due to a technical issue with the aircraft and a replacement aircraft and crew were sent from London Gatwick to operate the flight.”