Two people were arrested at Miami International Airport on Sunday evening after they began fighting with a representative from American Airlines at the gate.
A bystander’s cellphone video of the incident shows one of the suspects, 23-year-old Brittney Mohammadi, jumping over the ticket counter in an aggressive fashion. You see her straddle the desk and try to attack the AA employee, then lose her footing and fall.
Mohammadi’s travel companion, identified by police as 26-year-old Manuel Arteaga, is seen yelling at airport cops ranting and pacing frantically about the gate area.
The problem reportedly began when the female passenger tried to get on Flight 1061 to Los Angeles without shoes.
“After being informed of our policy, the customers became irate and one attempted to strike an American team member at the gate,” AA spokeswoman Laura Masvidal told the Miami Herald on Wednesday. “Violence of any kind is not tolerated by American Airlines. We thank the Miami-Dade Police Department for their quick action to ensure the safety of our customers and team members.”
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The two were escorted off the property by cops, but once outside by the airport exit, began to get combative, video provided to Local 10 News shows. They scuffled with officers and one cop is seen falling to the ground.
The California woman later told WSVN that she forgot to put her shoes back on after going through the TSA checkpoint.
“You know what? I don’t go to the airport that often,” she said, adding she takes “100% responsibility” for what occurred.
The two admitted that they were drinking tequila at the Voodoo Lounge in Miami Beach before their aborted trip.
They were transported to Miami-Dade County Jail and charged with battery.