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February 23, 2002
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Airline Passenger Restrained After Alleged Attack on Flight Attendant

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A passenger on a US Airways flight was arrested after he allegedly attacked a flight attendant and was restrained by other passengers, an airline spokesman said.

The man assaulted the female crew member in the front galley on Flight 1148 from Boston about 15 minutes before the plane was scheduled to land in Philadelphia, US Airways spokesman John Bronson said.

Other passengers subdued the man and he was arrested after the plane landed, Bronson said. He said he could not provide additional details about the alleged attacker or what led up to the confrontation.

The flight attendant and passenger were taken to different hospitals, Bronson said. He said he did not know their conditions.

"I will tell you that US Airways will follow through with law enforcement officials on this unacceptable behavior," Bronson said. "An assault on the flight crew is intolerable."

He said the airline was grateful to the passengers who came to the aid of the flight attendant.

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