Man Goes on Violent, Racist Rampage in Miami Airport in Video Viewed 2.3M Times

A viral video shows a man going on a violent, racist rampage in Miami International Airport on Friday night, hurling obscenities and stanchions.

In the minute-long clip, posted to Twitter by user @ONLYinDADE on Saturday, the unmasked man is seen in a heated confrontation with an airport worker at a gate, while other passengers appear to be waiting for their flights.

The man, who was not identified in the video, gets in the employee's face and nearly punches him while onlookers express shock.

He precedes to knock over and throw stanchions while shouting obscenities, including a racial slur.

"Where's the police?" a woman can be heard asking. "Oh my god. Oh my god."

After yelling more expletives, the man walks away, but not before kicking a wet floor sign into the air.

Meanwhile in MIA last night😳 | #ONLYinDADE pic.twitter.com/QFNogzDYzg

— ONLY in DADE (@ONLYinDADE) August 28, 2021

He then turns around and runs toward the employee, who has to push him away. The man then appears to punch the employee, who pushes him to the ground. Separate video shows the man walking again following the confrontation.

The airport said in a statement to Newsweek that police responded and apprehended the passenger.

"We continue to stand firm with Miami-Dade Police in protecting the security and safety of all areas at MIA," the statement said. "We don't tolerate this behavior at MIA."

People expressed shock and concern about the incident in the comments, with many saying the man should not be allowed to fly.

"How can I be sure this person will not be my seat mate on a future flight? I want to see a police report and a mug shot of this guy to know he actually was charged," Twitter user @bermudababe76 wrote.

"Can you even imagine thinking it's ok to act like this??" added user @idtbh1.

Newsweek reached out to the Miami-Dade Police Department for additional comment Saturday evening but had not heard back by publication. This story will be updated with any response.

Airports and airplanes have seen a surge in uncivilized behavior since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. As of August 23, there have been 693 unruly passenger investigations initiated, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, already shattering the previous record of 310 in 2004.

Of the 3,988 unruly passenger reports, 2,928 have been related to masks, according to the FAA.

A video went viral earlier this month after a 22-year-old man—also not wearing a mask—yelled obscenities and assaulted flight attendants on a Frontier Airlines flight into Miami, leading them to duct-tape him to his seat.

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A viral video shows a man having a violent outburst at Miami International Airport. Here, people are seen at the airport lining up to check into flights on August 2. DANIEL SLIM/AFP via Getty Images