A video of a woman tantruming and throwing a computer at an airline agent at Miami International Airport is quickly gaining traction as the airport anticipates another record-breaking vacation travel season.
The video, posted to Only in Dades Instagram, shows a woman screaming in the middle of a crowded American Airlines gate on Tuesday morning. She takes out her anger on the agent, takes the computer monitor from the counter and throws it at her.
Camilia McMillie, 25, of Alabama, broke out in the middle of Gate D-39 after realizing her children had walked away without telling her, Miami-Dade police said in an arrest report.
Investigators said she got angry and started screaming, urging the gate agent to find her children. McMillie pulled the boarding pass reader from the counter and damaged it before throwing the monitor at the agent, police said.
McMillie caused about $10,000 in damage and injured the agent’s left shoulder, police said. She was arrested and later arrested and charged with aggravated assault, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.
American Airlines responded in a statement that it is cooperating with law enforcement in the investigation.
The reel – which garnered almost 500,000 views and 15,000 likes within just three hours of posting – comes as airports to prepare for an extremely busy holiday travel season leading up to Christmas and the New Year.
Miami International Airport is expected to accommodate 2.5 million passengers for a vacation travel period that runs from Dec. 21 to Jan. 6, up 1.5% from last year’s record-breaking vacation travel season, officials said.
The busiest days are expected to be Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week, the Friday before New Year’s Day and the Thursday and Friday after New Year’s Day. On those days, 157,000 travelers are expected to pass through the airport every day, airport officials said.
AAA estimates that 113 million Americans travel to see loved ones over the holidays, with air travel up 14% year over year.
With so many people traveling at once and the possibility of inclement weather and delays daunting plans, airport officials are encouraging travelers to:
- Arrive at MIA at least three hours before domestic flights and three and a half hours before international flights to allow time for parking, airline check-in and security.
- Check-in online before you arrive at MIA to expedite the airline check-in process