The moment an airport worker punched a frustrated passenger has been caught on camera by another traveller.
The unidentified man was holding his baby at Nice Airport in France while waiting for a delayed flight when the employee lashed out.
The passenger had complained to the worker about the lengthy delay for his flight to the UK on budget airline EasyJet, Jean-François Guitard, a director at Nice Airport told CNN.
A video published by The Sun shows the employee of Samsic, a company that helps disabled passengers at the airport, taking a swing at the man who had initially shoved him.
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Another passenger, Arabella Arkwright, took a picture which appears to show the punch being thrown. Arkwright said the victim was holding the baby while his wife vented their frustration to airport staff about a lack of baby food and seats.
“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,” Arkwright told BBC Radio 5 Live.
She said her 64-year-old husband restrained the worker, then the worker and the victim were taken away.
Passengers had demanded the man with the baby was allowed to board his flight. “When he arrived on the plane, all the plane clapped him,” Arkwright said.
Samsic said the employee had been suspended, Guitard said.
“Clearly it is a misconduct situation. We apologise strongly about this situation regarding this passenger. There is no reason for a staff member to fight a passenger,” Guitard said.
EasyJet apologised for the flight delay, which it said was caused by a technical issue with its aircraft. Some reports said the flight was delayed more than 14 hours.
The airline said passengers were provided with updates and refreshment vouchers during the delay, but Arkwright said passengers were not told what was wrong with the aircraft, or how long the delay would be.