Video footage has emerged of a huge fight that broke out on a Ryanair flight between Brussels and Malta this past Thursday. This fight caused the flight to have to divert to Pisa, where four passengers were offloaded and detained by police (though it’s not clear what happened beyond that).
We see small brawls on planes fairly often, though this has to be one of the most drawn out ones I’ve seen in quite a while.
So, what caused the brawl? Per The Sun:
Mr Engerer said: “It started when an elderly woman moved seats and told me they’d hit her on the head then a huge fight broke out when two Belgian men tried to intervene.
“They were attacking everyone around them and one of the men even slapped a stewardess in the face.
“It was chaos for about 10 minutes until there was an announcement that the plane was being diverted and passengers managed to restrain them with belts.”
Mr Engerer said: “They looked out of control as if they were on drink or drugs and the cabin crew did well to bring the situation under control.
Here’s the video footage:
That’s insane. I realize they probably weren’t very frequent flyers, but it blows my mind that anyone thinks this is acceptable behavior anywhere, let alone on a plane. I know they probably weren’t thinking rationally, but when fights like this happen in the air they will lead to a diversion.
Hopefully the instigators were arrested, and at a minimum had to pay for their ticket to their destination. Ideally they’d also be responsible for the cost of the diversion, though in practice I doubt that would happen.
(Tip of the hat to Le Chic Geek)