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Airline Sued Over Flight Attendant Brawl

American Airlines worker says she was dragged down the aisle by her scarf
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2018 4:06 AM CST
Updated Nov 12, 2018 6:51 AM CST
The tails of four American Airlines passenger planes parked at Miami International Airport.   (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)
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(Newser) – In an incident that somehow failed to become a viral video, an American Airlines flight attendant was dragged down the aisle by her scarf during a clash with another flight attendant, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court. In the lawsuit, Kathy Ida Wolfe claims Laura Powers "maliciously dug her fingernails" into her arm before slamming the door of a beverage cart on it, the Dallas Morning News reports. Powers then "grabbed my scarf, choking me, and dragged me in the aisle and in front of the passengers," Wolfe says.

Wolfe says she reported the June 2016 incident to the captain, fellow attendants, and a manager. She says she reported the assault to authorities after the airline failed to take action, USA Today reports. She accuses the airline and Powers of "negligence, dangerous work environment, breach of contract, and assault and battery" and is seeking $1 million in damages. Powers and the airline argue that they are not liable because Wolfe "caused or contributed to cause the harm for which recovery of damages is sought." Fox reports that according to the lawsuit, both women are still employed by American Airlines. (This worker "slipped through the cracks" after taking a nap in a plane's cargo hold.)

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