It was February 8 last year when former aerospace executive, Joe Bickey Hundley was on a flight from Minneapolis to Atlanta in the US.
It was a difficult flight for him, he was on his way to remove his dying son from life support after an insulin overdose.
He is an alcoholic and he was drinking to cope with the trauma.
The flight had been uneventful and the plane was starting its decent when a nearby toddler began to cry.
As difficult as his day was…
As emotionally torn up as he was…
As drunk as he was – nothing excuses what he did next – a life changing action that made headlines internationally for many months afterwards.
We’ve all been irritated by a crying baby on a plane – many of us have been the anxious parent of that crying baby on a plane.
It is tough for both parties.
Jessica Bennett was ‘that’ Mum. She was sitting in the aisle seat of the aircraft with her 19-month-old son on her lap. Bennett was in the window seat.
“He reeked of alcohol,” Bennett told KARE 11 back in February “He was belligerent and I was uncomfortable.”
As the plane descended to land in Atlanta, Bennett said her son started crying due to the pressure change.
She tried to stop him and couldn’t as the 19-month old was in pain.
According to court documents, Bennett alleges Hundley leaned over and “told her to shut that (N-word) baby up,” Bennett asked Hundley what he had said, and he leaned in with his face next to hers and said it again.
Hundley then slapped the child’s face, leaving a scratch below his right eye, the FBI agent’s statement says.
Jessica Bennett is white. Her son, Jonah is adopted.
Hundley was charged with simple assault.
Yesterday a federal judge in the US found him guilty, and ordered he serve eight months in federal prison.