Packing and preparing for a flight can be a stressful and tiring process-especially for little children. As parents board planes with children in tow, they pray for a quiet, peaceful flight absent of meltdowns. If the children do get upset, they hope to calm them as quickly as possible…without the assistance of another passenger.
Well, that’s not what happened to Jessica Bennett. She was aboard a Delta flight from Minnesota to Atlanta with her adopted son Jonah on February 8 when the boy began crying because he was feeling 'the pressure in his ears.' Enter Joe Rickey Hundley.
Hundley was seated next to Mrs. Bennett, and she was shocked to hear him demand that she 'shut that n*gger baby up.'
To make matters worse, Hundley proceeded to allegedly slap the toddler.
“When I looked at Jonah’s face, his eye was swollen... and it was bleeding. I was just scared to death”, stated Mrs. Bennett.
According to The Smoking Gun, Hundley was charged with simple assault in federal court in Atlanta. If convicted, he faces a maximum of one year in prison.
The 60-year-old, who is the president of Unitech Composites and Structures based in Idaho, denied slapping the child or using racial language, but the Bennett family attorney John Thompson says that there were numerous witnesses who saw Hundley strike Jonah - including a federal air marshal.
Mrs. Bennett said that he 'reeked of alcohol', was 'stumbling around wasted' and had consumed several double vodkas during the flight.
Needless to say, due to his actions Hundley is now jobless.