A flight attendant went viral after posting a tearful video describing a road rage attack by a disgruntled passenger who felt the need to chase the young woman down the highway going 80 mph.
‘F*** your airline!’ the angry customer yelled before cutting off American Airlines crew member Elizabeth Braley in the parking lot outside of the airport. Elizabeth just finished a long shift and was still in uniform relaxing in her car, de-stressing to some music, when a woman in a red sedan pulled up and began yelling at her.
“This red sedan pulls in front of my Jeep and, like, cut me off like with no notice — like literally was at the front of my car,” Braley stated in the video, which was filmed in her car directly after the incident. “So I got into another lane because like she’s driving crazy.”
The flight attendant said she began switching lanes in an attempt to get away from this ‘crazy’ driver, but the woman in a jeep continued to follow her, cutting her off whenever she could to create an unsafe situation for Braley.
“She was like literally trying to like run me off the road and we’re going 80 miles an hour … we’re on the interstate. And I was like, ‘OK, screw this. I’m getting all the way to the right,’” she continued. The flight attendant said the woman finally pulled up next to her.
“She goes, ‘F*** your airline!’ and starts throwing s*** out of her car and it’s, like, hitting the side of my car,” Braley said, adding that the crazed woman tried to run her off the road.
The flight attendant went on to say that she understood passengers can get frustrated and that travel delays are hard to deal with but, “I have nothing to do with that. I just work for them,” she says.
Braley noted that “American Airlines is struggling with operations right now. I get frustrated, too, because we don’t get paid for boarding, and we don’t have a contract right now … ours is expired last four years, and we are so tired too. Like, really? I just don’t get why people are so cruel sometimes.”
A follow-up video was posted by Braley who then explained that she just wanted to vent to her fellow flight attendants, and she didn’t expect people to resonate with it so much. She also mentioned that she failed to get the woman’s plates. “I was like, ‘No, that didn’t cross my mind,” adding that she didn’t call the cops to file a report.
“She was kind of stalking me a little bit and then once I realized, like, what was happening and why she was mad – it was because my windows were down and she saw that I was in uniform and just thought I was a target,” Braley said, adding that she stopped at the side of the road to cry.
On her LinkedIn page, Braley wrote: “The life lessons that have been instilled in me since I was a young girl is to always work hard at everything I do, but most importantly – love other people without limits.”