Flying off the menu! American Airlines passenger allegedly attacked flight attendants and attempted to storm the cockpit after feeling disrespected by crew telling him food options
- Robert Croizat lost his cool 2 hours into a flight from Barbados to Miami
- He felt the flight attendant had not presented his meal options with an appropriate amount of respect
- The incident led to a misdemeanor assault charge, as well as interference with a flight crew
An irate businessman allegedly attacked a flight attendant for her ‘sh**ty’ behavior aboard a flight from Barbados to South Florida.
According to a criminal complaint, Robert David Croizat lost his cool halfway through a four-hour American Airlines flight.
The complaint details that Croizat became extremely angry after he felt a flight attendant was not sufficiently respectful while telling him about his in-flight meal options. The man was not upset with what was on the menu of the international flight, but rather felt dissatisfied with the way in which they were presented to him.
Croizat demanded to speak with the flight’s captain about what he felt was subpar service. His meltdown became so outrageous that another passenger was ultimately moved to physically intervene and force Croizat back into his seat.
Robert David Croizat was arrested upon landing in Miami after having a mid-air meltdown about the way he was being treated by flight attendants that led to a physical confrontation
According to a criminal complaint, Croizat attempted to rush the cockpit after demanding to speak with the pilot
Less than two hours into the flight, the report says Croizat got up from his seat and ’caused a disturbance’ by approaching the first of several flight attendants mentioned in the complaint.
‘What, you want to call the Captain?’ Croizat allegedly asked a second flight attendant, as he continued to ‘aggressively, demandingly, and loudly ordered the flight attendants to “get the Captain out here.”‘
The two flight attendants told Croizat, who had consumed two drinks, to sit back down. He refused and continued to insist on speaking with the captain.
As the encounter continued, Croizat ‘touched flight attendant 3,’ said the complaint.
When the attendant told Croizat not to touch her, he allegedly pushed her twice. The complaint goes on to say the businessman ‘continued to persist in being belligerent and non-compliant.’
Flight attendant 3 then called the captain in the cockpit to let him know what was going on.
Croizat then turned back to attendant 2, who had positioned herself in front of the cockpit door. She again instructed Croizat to sit down, which he refused to do and instead ‘pushed FA 2, briefly pinning her against the cockpit door.’
‘All the while, passengers told Croizat many times to sit down, but Croizat refused and continued to be disruptive,’ the complaint goes on. ‘Finally, a passenger lifted Croizat and placed him in his seat in [an] attempt to restrain him, causing a glass of wine to spill.’
The man remained seated for the rest of the flight but ‘continu[ed] to complain to the flight attendants about the way he was treated.’
The criminal complaint against Croizat alleges that he laid hands on one of the flight attendants
Croizat flew from Barbados, where it seems he resides, to Miami, to visit his son
The complaint also states that flight attendant 2 strategically placed her serving cart in front of the cockpit door ‘to keep Croizat from making any further attempts to contact the Captain.’
The captain ultimately contacted air traffic control to report the mid-air incident, which he described as having included an ‘attempted breach of the cockpit.’
Upon landing in Miami, Croizat was arrested.
According to a motion filed by Croizat’s attorney, the alleged assailant was going to Miami for five days to visit his son, who wound up co-signing his father’s bond.
Croizat then complained that the legal proceedings in America were taking too long and said the cost of continuing to rent an Airbnb while waiting for his case to be adjudicated was ‘financially burdensome.’ He was ordered to turn in his passport so he could not leave the country.
He asked to be allowed to return home temporarily, a request that was denied.
Last year, the FAA received 2,455 reports of unruly passengers aboard planes, which resulted in 831 investigations being launched.
In addition to law enforcement bringing criminal charges to airborne offenders, the FAA also levied $8.4million in fines for bad behavior.
On Wednesday, Croizat is scheduled to plead guilty in Miami federal court to a misdemeanor charge of interference with a flight crew and assault.
The report follows an incident last week on a Frontier Airlines flight, on which a disruptive passenger was voted off the plane by her fellow travelers.
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