Tiffany McLemore is the woman who hit her husband with a laptop computer on board an American Airlines flight from Miami to Los Angeles.
In July 2019, McLemore became a viral sensation as a video showing her yelling expletives and physically striking her husband after accusing him of looking at another woman. The incident occurred on July 23. The clip shows flight attendants trying to stop McLemore from using offensive language and then trying to get McLemore’s husband to move seats away from his wife.
When her husband moves, McLemore chases him down and hits him with a laptop computer. Earlier in the video, McLemore could be heard saying, “Never come to my house again, n*****! I’ll call the police on you!”
Then, McLemore storms of the plane as an attendant can be heard telling her that she will be arrested. McLemore responds to that by saying, “Fine, whatever.”
McLemore and husband live in Los Angeles and have two children together.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. McLemore Was Not Arrested as Police Could Not Find Her in the Airport
The Miami Herald reports that McLemore became angry with her husband, identified as Guillermo Ocampo, because he was ignoring her. The Herald report goes on to say that none of those who were allegedly hurt by McLemore amid her furor, wanted to give official statements. Ocampo did not give a statement and said that he does not want to press charges. The article adds that police were unable to find McLemore inside of the airport in order to question her.
Ocampo told police that he and his wife were en route from Quito, Ecuador, home to Los Angeles when the incident occurred, reports the Herald. Ocampo took a later flight home. A Miami-Dade Police Department spokesman told the newspaper, “If there’s no statement, we are not able to move forward with the case.”
The department had earlier said in a statement, “Prior to departure from the gate on Sunday at Miami International Airport, two passengers who were traveling together were involved in a dispute. Law enforcement was requested, and both passengers were removed from the aircraft. We thank the American crew who worked quickly to diffuse the situation. Their actions resulted in a safe environment for all of our passengers.”
One witness, Kailey Gorelitz, told WPLG, “At first I thought it was entertaining, but when it escalated and I got hurt and the airline stewardess got hurt, then it wasn’t so funny anymore.”
2. McLemore Works at a Dog Training Facility That Specializes in Training Aggressive Dogs
According to her Facebook page, McLemore is a manager at the International Bully Kennel Club. The kennel club specializes in training anti-social and short-tempered dogs. On Facebook, McLemore goes by Tiffany Flores. McLemore says that she is from Long Beach, California. In May 2014, McLemore said that she was expecting a baby boy.
On the International Bully Kennel Club website, they describe their mission as uniting “Nations across the World for the love of the Bully Breeds and promote, register, show, award, educate and defend against Breed Specific Laws and Regulations.”
3. McLemore Says She Has ‘Excellent Communication Skills’
On her LinkedIn page, McLemore describes herself as being a “Polished and professional Administrative/Accounting Assistant.” That description goes on to say that McLemore has “experience” and “excellent communication skills.”
That page says that McLemore has worked for various different companies in the Los Angeles-area. The last job listed on that page was seven-month stint working as a financial accountant at the Auto Club of So California. In 2013, McLemore worked for a time for Oakley sunglasses.
A recommendation on McLemore’s page calls her a “great worker who always excelled at her job.” That recommendation says that McLemore would be “an asset to anyone who hires her.”
4. In May, Ocampo Wrote on Instagram That His Wife Is ‘Annoying’ & ‘Gets on His Nerves,’ Despite This, He Says He Couldn’t Live Without Her
McLemore’s husband, Guillermo Ocampo, goes by the moniker Memo Loc on Instagram. In the comments sections of his photos, Ocampo has been receiving support. Commenting on a May 8 photo of him and his wife, one user wrote, “Buh-ruh.. .I just seent dat video, you acted accordingly.” In the caption for that photo, Ocampo wrote, “She get on my nerves and is so annoying but yet amazing and can’t live with out her lol love u tiff I appreciate everything you do for me.” In the viral video of his wife, Ocampo can be heard telling her, “You’re out of control.”
According to his Facebook page, Ocampo says he is from Los Angeles. Ocampo calls himself the “Og bully innovator.” While on his Instagram page, Ocampo calls himself the President and Host of the International Bully Kennel Club. McLemore and Ocampo can be seen wearing International Bully Kennel Club t-shirts in several photos on their respective Facebook pages.
5. In 2017, it Was Reported that Air-Rage Incidents Were on the Rise
The Washington Post reported in January 2017 that air rage incidents were on the rise. The international president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, Sara Nelson, told the Post, “The conditions on board just lead to more potential for air rage. Any time you get a whole bunch of humanity packed in together there’s opportunity for a conflict.”
The Post report cites data from the International Air Transport Association saying that reports of air rage rose 14 percent between 2014 and 2015. According to Psychology Today, air rage can be blamed on a number of factors including, “ramped quarters, the fight for bin space, shrinking seats, decreased on board amenities and increased security.” That’s on top of the stress of making flight connections and general fatigue.