2017 continues to provide example after example of how violence isn’t just reserved for those of us that take the bus. Air travel has suffered through a very public run of miserable stories this year (United’s removal of David Dao being the current champ) with things sometimes taking a turn for the physically nasty. The latest bit of video featuring an uncomfortable scene unfolding at the airport comes courtesy of tweeted evidence showing an ugly scene unfolding on an All Nippon Airways flight.
Flight NH6 passenger Corey Hour captured video on Monday of what he describes as an unprovoked attack before the plane took off from Tokyo for its destination 11 hours away in Los Angeles. In the incident, a man in a red Hawaiian shirt punched another man with the two exchanging strikes as other passengers looked on and a flight attendant attempted to break up the fight.
“No one provoked him — he was cool up until a few minutes before he started hitting the guy,” said Hour when he spoke with CNN. “He started verbally abusing and intimidating people. Nothing triggered him, it just happened.”
Billed by CNN as a case of “air rage,” Hour explained that the staff of the airline attempted to deescalate the situation as best they could. It would Hour himself that wound up stopping the fight from continuing. The man in the red shirt was escorted off the plane by airport personnel.
“I was the one who stepped in,” he shared. “He backed down, I squared up with him and he wouldn’t confront me.”
All Nippon Airways has stated the passenger was detained and did not fly following this between the seats fistfight. Please stop fighting on planes, everybody. Fight at a Denny’s like a normal person.