Almost a minute Video posted to Twitter shows an altercation already underway as both men slap each other in the face, stare at each other and start throwing punches. The clerk trips, and a woman in the background yells for the men to stop.
Then, as the video shows, the clerk approaches and apparently stuns Langley as he smashes his left hand in the face.
“You saw that [expletive]?” says Langley.
As the fight progresses, the employee falls backwards. When he gets up and approaches Langley again, blood is smeared down one side of his face.
The man seems shocked again, backs away and asks, “Do you want anything else?”
Some of the conversation is difficult to understand, but the passenger appears to be urging those nearby to hold the employee down.
“I’m not the one,” Langley says. “He works at the airport and attacked me.”
Langley sent about the incident on his Twitter account in response to a TMZ story sharing the video. In other tweetsLangley paints the laborer as the aggressor. “Every angle shows me walking away from mate… he followed me all the way to the kiosk only to physically assault me. I’m honestly still in shock,” Langley wrote on Twitter.
The Washington Post was unable to reach Langley despite several attempts.
You can see so many @united Staff watch how things unfold while I’m basically begging for help. The craziest part, none of them helped de-escalate the situation! it was like they wanted it to happen. like I have a target on my back
— 🥈🥇 (@trllang) May 23, 2022
The airline employee, whose name has not been released, worked for United Ground Express, a subsidiary that supports airport operations. United Ground Express told the parent company it had terminated the worker, United Airlines said Monday.
“United Airlines has no tolerance for any violence at our airports or on board our aircraft and we are working with local authorities to investigate this matter,” the airline said in a statement provided to the Post.
Magda Jean-Louis contributed to this report.