This is the bizarre moment a customs agent kicked and punched passenger and almost punched another at an airport in Colombia.
The troubling incident took place at El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá on Thursday morning, according to Sandra Barba, who was nearly hit following a heated discussion between the agent and the assaulted passenger, Juan Camarillo.
Footage recorded by Barba on her Twitter account captured the moment she tells the male Colombia Migration agent, ‘What’s this lack of (respect),’ after he had kicked Juan Camarillo.
Another agent steps in attempt to calm his coworker down and pushes him away.
Sandra Barba was nearly punched by a Colombia Migration agent at El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá on Thursday. Barba was recording an incident during a discussion between her, a male passenger and a customs agent when the officer punched and kicked the male passenger and then almost struck her
An officer with Colombia Migration is pushed away after he assaulted a passenger at an airport in Bogotá on Sunday
However, the immigration officer attempted to smack Barba’s phone away and told her, ‘Don’t record me.’
A female custom agent then approached Barba and tried to block the view of her cellphone’s camera and instructed her to relax.
Camarillo took to Twitter to express his displeasure with the customs agent after arriving in Colombia to visit his friends and family.
‘I am 32 years old, of which I have studied 30. I thought that I would become famous for being a good engineer, but it turns out that I become famous through a @MigrationCol caveman who attacked me,’ he wrote. ‘The good thing is that everything was recorded on video and I never attacked the man.
A passenger reacts at El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá on Thursday after he was punched and kicked by a customs agent
A Colombia Migration agent tries to stop Sandra Barba from recording after another customs agent nearly hit her
In a separate video obtained Colombian online news outlet Noticías RCN, Barba said she and the male passenger had just arrived on a flight from Brazil when they approached a customs agent prior to getting on the line to have their passports stamped for entry.
‘At that moment the attacker arrives and punches the man in the face,’ she said.
The border control agency said in a statement that the incident is under investigation.
‘Migration Colombia rejects the behavior of one of its officials at the El Dorado Airport and emphasizes that this is not allowed under any circumstances,’ the agency said. ‘The investigation is initiated in accordance with the (law).’