Airport officials in Nice, France, have confirmed that an employee at the Nice Airport has been suspended after punching a passenger who was holding a baby at the time.
The altercation took place on Saturday, as passengers waited to board an EasyJet flight to Luton, England. According to witnesses, the passenger’s wife had been complaining about the flight’s significant delay — more than 12 hours — when her husband approached another airport employee and the exchange turned physical.
“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,” said Arabella Arkwright, an EasyJet passenger standing behind the family, in an interview with BBC Radio 5.
However, video footage obtained by The Sun suggests that the passenger may have swatted at, or possibly shoved the employee first, after the employee had attempted to knock the man's phone out of his hand.
Arkwright claimed that her husband eventually pulled the employee off the father, and that both men were taken away by airport officials. She said the man and his baby were later allowed to board the flight when it left from Nice.