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Slap-happy Delta flier loses job and reputation

Joe Hundley, who is accused of slapping a 19-month-old child during a flight from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Atlanta.
Joe Hundley, who is accused of slapping a 19-month-old child during a flight from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Atlanta.
courtesy of AP, from Kootenai County Sheriff

As if things weren't bad enough for 60-year-old Joe Hundley of the 'famous potatoes' state, he has now been fired from his job at Unitech, an Idaho-based manufacturer of aircraft components, after the company learned more of the very disturbing details of his February 8 behavior aboard a Delta Air Lines flight. Hundley is accused of slapping a 19-month-old infant who was crying during descent into Atlanta. The MD-90 flight had originated at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport.

According to other passengers, Hundley, who was charged with assault upon arrival in Atlanta, also uttered a racial slur when he told the boy's mother to, "Shut that (blank) baby up!", using the n-word. His former employer, in a statement called Hundley's actions and language 'offensive and disturbing'. AGC Aerospace and Defense, parent company to Unitech, also said on its website: "...We have taken this matter very seriously and worked diligently to examine it since learning of the matter on Friday afternoon. As of Sunday, the executive is no longer employed with the company."

After the boy was alledgedly slapped with an open hand by Hundley, he cried even louder and bled from a wound under an eye. According to the mother, Jessica Bennett, who was interviewed by KARE-11 , "He reeked of alcohol. He was belligerent and I was uncomfortable."

It is unclear if Hundley was a frequent traveler with Delta, but it is expected that the airline will also take action regarding the possibility of him flying on its flights in the future.

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