Sunday, 20 May 2018

Man punches deaf pregnant woman in stomach and hits her service dog on Frontier Airlines flight to Orlando

A Frontier Airlines passenger punched a deaf pregnant woman and her service dog on a flight from Colorado Springs to Orlando on Friday.

The incident took place shortly after the aircraft had landed at Orlando and was taxing to the terminal. Local media is reporting that Matthew Silvay and Hazel Ramirez, a deaf couple had ben travelling with their two children and a service dog on the Frontier Airlines Flight 1752.

Timothy Manley, a fellow passenger, viciously punched the 20 weeks pregnant, Ms Ramirez in the stomach, as well as punching the couples service dog, causing it to yelp in pain. Local media also report that Mr Manley also touched or manhandled the couples two children during the incident. 

Manley was detained briefly by law enforcement and Orlando Police Department said that the case had been passed to the FBI as the incident had taken place on an aircraft and are investigating. Frontier released a statement saying, “The safety and security of our passengers is our top priority at Frontier. Upon deplaning Flight 1752 from Colorado Springs to Orlando, there was a confrontation between passengers. Police were immediately notified to aid in de-escalating the situation.”