Almost a minute video posted on Twitter shows an altercation already in progress as the two men slap each other, stare at each other and start punching each other. The employee stumbles and a woman in the background yells at the men to stop.
Next, the video shows the employee closing in and seemingly stunning Langley as he uses his left hand to punch his face.
“Did you see that [expletive]?” said Langley.
As the fight continues, the employee falls backwards. When he gets up and approaches Langley again, one side of his face is covered in blood.
The man looks shocked again, stepping back and asking, “Do you want more?”
Some of the conversation is difficult to understand, but the passenger seems to be urging people nearby to hold the employee back.
“I’m not the one,” says Langley. “He works at the airport and he assaulted me.”
langley post about the incident on his Twitter account in response to a story from TMZ sharing the video. In other tweetLangley portrays the worker as the aggressor. “Every angle shows me walking away from my buddy…he followed me to the booth just to hurt me. Honestly still shocked,” Langley wrote on Twitter.
The Washington Post was unable to reach Langley despite several efforts.
The airline employee, whose name has not been released, worked for United Ground Express, a subsidiary that supports airport operations. United Ground Express informed the parent company that it had terminated the worker, United Airlines said Monday.
“United Airlines does not tolerate any form of violence at our airports or on board our aircraft and we are working with local authorities in their investigation of this matter,” the airline said in a statement provided to the Post.
Magda Jean-Louis contributed to this report.