crime and punishment

Brooklyn, New York’s Chenasia Campbell punches American Airlines flight attendant

Chenasia I. Campbell, 28, of Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States was aboard an American Airlines flight from Miami, Florida, USA to New York City on May 2, 2021. She was accused of assaulting and intimidating a flight attendant of the aircraft, interfering with the performance of the flight attendant’s duties and lessening the flight attendant’s ability to perform those duties during the flight.

Midway through the flight, Campbell allegedly left her seat, followed a flight attendance to a crew area of the plane and started yelling at the flight attendant for not picking up her garbage. The flight attendant asked for help from another flight attendant.

When the second flight attendance tried to intervene, she was struck by Campbell with closed fists. The Brooklyn resident also pulled the hair of the victim, whose name was not released.


After arguing with another passenger in another part of the plane, Campbell approached again the flight attendant she previously punched and yelled obscenities. The Brooklyn resident said, “Cops aren’t going to do anything to me.”

For the second time, Campbell struck the flight attendant with closed fists. The former also tried to pull up or remove the dress of the latter.

The captain denied the request of the flight attendant crew to land the plane. An off-duty New York City Police Department officer on board intervened and handcuffed Campbell.

At the time of the alleged attack, Campbell was jobless. She is a former government employee working with people with disabilities, Daily Mail has learned.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection officer Anthony Apath filed a criminal complaint against Campbell, which U.S. Magistrate Judge Peggy Kuo signed on May 3, 2021. On the same day, she was arraigned for an assault charge at Brooklyn Federal Court where she was ordered released on a $15,000 bond with imposed travel restrictions.

Campbell is currently participating in a mental health treatment program run by the state, NBC New York quoted her public defender James Darrow as saying during the hearing. If found guilty, she will spend up to 20 years in jail.

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