Why American Airlines banned Irvine, California’s Brian Hsu


Brian Hsu, 20, of Irvine, Orange County, California, United States boarded an American Airlines flight at John F. Kennedy International airport in New York City, New York, USA on October 27, 2021. The flight was heading for John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, Orange County.

That would be Hsu’s last American Airlines flight. After an incident during the flight, the Irvine resident was banned by the airline headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, USA.

When the plane was somewhere over Ohio, USA, a female flight attendant moving through the first-class cabin accidentally bumped Hsu and apologized, according to Association of Professional Flight Attendants president Julie Hedrick. The apology apparently was not enough, however, as Hsu allegedly left his seat and went to the galley area of the plane where confronted the flight attendant and punched her in the face twice.


The flight attendant suffered broken bones in her face. Pilots had to divert the flight to Denver, Colorado, USA where she was taken to the hospital.

The plane landed at Denver International Airport a little after 6:30 p.m. One of the passengers was Mackenzie Rose, who confirmed to CBS Los Angeles that Hsu did punch the flight attendant twice.

“I did see her walk back down the aisle afterwards,” Rose said of flight attendant. “She had blood splattered on the outside of her mask.”


On November 1, 2021, Hsu was arrested. He was charged with interference with a flight crew and assault within the special aircraft jurisdiction of the U.S. and was scheduled to be arraigned in a federal courtroom in California.

“The charges in the criminal complaint are allegations,” U.S. attorney for the District of Colorado Matthew Krisch said. He added that Hsu “is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.”


American Airlines chief executive officer Doug Parker took to Instagram to talk about the incident. He described it as “one of the worst displays of unruly behavior we’ve ever witnessed.”

“This type of behavior has to stop,” Parker said. According to him, American Airlines is working with the Federal Aviation Administration, which is investigating a record number of cases involving unruly behavior on flights.

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