Written by Staff Writer
CNN International can exclusively reveal the identity of an American passenger who was arrested at Paris’ Orly Airport after a video of an alleged confrontation between him and a fellow passenger on a Qatar Airways flight began spreading on social media.
Based on his Facebook page, the man is Robert Lynn Baxter, a mechanical engineer and amateur stuntman who claims to have done stunts with Green Day and purchased tickets for the popular Blue Moon Experience show on the London Eye.
Video of the incident showed the man, identified as Baxter, repeatedly shouting at the female passenger as she filmed on her phone.
“Don’t try anything. I can get… and that is gonna be me,” he said.
“Because I can get on your phone right now and break your phone. Right now.”
Finally, he claimed, “I’m going to break this phone. I’m gonna do you all in. You’re f***ing lucky I ain’t got my knives on me.”
CNN International can reveal the identity of the American passenger who was arrested at Paris’ Orly Airport after a video of an alleged confrontation between him and a fellow passenger on a Qatar Airways flight began circulating on social media.
After paying the price of €90 ($106) for a single ticket, Baxter and his cohort dropped by the airport from their national backdrops to see off their friends, including the alleged victim.
However, as the video ended, he appears to alter tack and warns the woman in the corner of the frame that he’ll have her arrested.
“(The scene) is going to go viral and this is not going to be over here,” he says.
“You can go to this guy in the corner and he’s going to turn around, and I’m going to arrest you.”
The officer then walks back to Baxter, talking with him as he questions him about the woman.
However, eventually leaving, the officer accuses Baxter of getting in his face after he pressed charges on an argument the American had.
Baxter, as a Canadian passport holder, is obligated to follow the procedures laid out in his country’s rules on extradition.
However, Canada’s Public Safety Department told CNN in an emailed statement that after analyzing the video evidence, it had determined that “the alleged assault as shown was not a Canadian citizen’s independent act, but was brought about by other passengers.”
“The Canadian Government will not extradite a person to another country against his or her will or to a location outside Canada unless such country consents and if the second country agrees to restore the deportee and/or enact law to which the deportee has already been convicted and serves any sentence that is in the nature of a fine, imprisonment or a period of probation,” the statement read.
Qatar Airways did not respond to a request for comment on the incident, but has been regularly tweeting official apologies to passengers in recent days following numerous travel advice warnings and incidents that the airline has become associated with.
“What I want the world to see are the improvements we are making as a carrier to the different airlines, airports and even how we communicate with our crew members,” said Hazem al-Naib, CEO of Qatar Airways at the time.
“I’m here with everyone, I’m very pleased and proud and everything is fine,”
In a statement, Qatar Airways says it is working to make changes to its internal policies.