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Caught on Tape: American Flyers Fight Over Deplaning Order

Caught on Tape: American Flyers Fight Over Deplaning Order
Joe Cortez

The unruly behavior aboard aircraft continues, as this time two American Airlines flyers are accused of starting a fight over who would leave first. A video posted to Twitter shows frustrated passengers as two people get into an altercation, leaving flight attendants to call for law enforcement.

Two flyers could end up on American Airlines’ internal ban list, after a video posted to Twitter suggests they got in a fight over which would leave the aircraft first. Fox News reports the airline confirmed the incident took place aboard American Airlines Flight 2275, upon arrival at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX).

Onlookers Watch as Flyers Fight to Get Off Their Aircraft

The fight started after the flight landed at Phoenix, departing Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Sunday, March 21, 2021. As passengers began to crowd the aisle to leave the aircraft, two apparently began arguing over who would leave first.

Things escalated to a physical fight between the two. The video shows the passengers yelling at one another, while onlookers encourage them to simply leave the aircraft. During the confrontation, a flight attendant can be heard on the intercom calling for law enforcement.

Although a spokesperson for American confirmed the event, they did not comment on if either party was arrested or charged for their part in the fight. The airline noted there were no injuries to other flyers or the flight crew.

Recorded Incidents Continue to Rise, Despite FAA Bad Behavior Rule Extension

The number of documented incidents among flyers is continuing to rise, even though the Federal Aviation Administration has threatened heavy fines for those who don’t comply with the flight crew. On March 9, 2021, an Alaska Airlines flyer was accused of hitting flight attendants because he wouldn’t wear a face covering and urinating in his seat. Weeks later, a fight involving multiple United Airlines passengers leading to an ear bite caused the pilot to make an emergency landing in South Carolina.

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14 Comments

  1. health1au

    March 24, 2021 at 2:32 am

    Yup…

  2. MRM

    March 24, 2021 at 5:44 am

    If idiots like these are NOT arrested, prosecuted and fined to the maximum amounts then what’s the purpose of having rules in the first place? What is the deterrent for future idiots if there’s no consequences? I’m pretty sure that 5-figure fines, airline bans and criminal records with felonies would keep a lot of people from being that stupid – and if not, they can’t complain there wasn’t already a precedent.

    Arrest, prosecute and fine these morons. Stop making excuses for them and letting them get away with it.

  3. SamirD

    March 24, 2021 at 10:32 am

    Coming soon–security cameras in the cabin. Good job people.

  4. BC Shelby

    March 24, 2021 at 10:51 am

    …with all the stories of “air rage” like this I am seeing, beginning to think Amtrak my be the better option even though a long trip is with a compartment is more expensive

    The story about the passenger who went “Mike Tyson” on a seatmate the other week is particularly scary. Crikey, I don’t see or hear about any of this sort of behaviour occurring on city transit buses where I live, even with the Federal mask order in place.

  5. NW.BTR.Than.The.Rest

    March 24, 2021 at 11:07 am

    Look at the photo closely, not surprising.

  6. arcticflier

    March 24, 2021 at 11:18 am

    Does anyone want to address the elephant in the room, or rather aircraft, when it comes to the “culture” of so many of these physical confrontations?
    Obviously the author and the Press won’t touch that elephant with a 10-foot pole…Lol

  7. Wozzlegummich

    March 24, 2021 at 2:07 pm

    Being Americans it’s lucky they were’nt shooting each other

  8. cmd320

    March 24, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    Better bring in Jerry…

  9. AADFW

    March 25, 2021 at 5:33 am

    Cathay Pacific has security cameras. Maybe not a bad idea as standard practice?

  10. PaulMSN

    March 25, 2021 at 5:58 am

    arcticflier, I bet you didn’t make special note of the “culture” of the guy who attacked two other passengers and bit one of their ears. Bigotry is quite ugly.

  11. sfcharles1

    March 25, 2021 at 12:28 pm

    Dear Arcticfly,
    Rather than address the race of the people arguing in this video, why don’t you address your racism. That is how you could help to create a better society. Using your racist ideology with your “LOL“ says everything about you, and nothing about the people you are trying so desperately to disparage.

    “ March 24, 2021 at 11:18 am
    Does anyone want to address the elephant in the room, or rather aircraft, when it comes to the “culture” of so many of these physical confrontations?
    Obviously the author and the Press won’t touch that elephant with a 10-foot pole…Lol“

  12. sfcharles1

    March 25, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    Dear Arcticflier
    Rather than address the race of the people arguing in this video, why don’t you address your racism. That is how you could help to create a better society. Using your racist ideology with your “LOL“ says everything about you, and nothing about the people you are trying so desperately to disparage.

  13. lc412000

    March 25, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    I am unable to see any photos or videos but not surprised by anyone fighting attempting to get off an AA flight. It has to be the stupidest thing in the world to hear a FA tell passengers to allow the row in front of you to begin deplaning before you stand and get in the row for the purpose of social distancing and Covid. Really? I have been sitting on the place for hours with other passengers only inches away from me and now that we have landed you want to start social distancing? What a freaking joke

  14. Bighits

    March 28, 2021 at 10:52 am

    Most of the problem with airlines revolves around so many people carrying on too much and taking forever to board or deplane. The first rule of thumb should be to let the folks out that have close connecting flights and this should be considered by every airline and I know that is difficult to organize but there should be a way to do this in a humane and orderly fashion. I know that when I fly coach I always select my seat in advance and try to get as close to the front of the plane because in some cases my connection is less than 55 minutes and usually that requires a long haul to the next gate. I have never missed the connection but that is because I have to almost run sometimes to get there. I have actually picked flights with longer layovers simply because I do not trust people when exiting the plane because we all know that some people are just oblivious to their surroundings and don’t seem to care enough to exit quickly for others to go grab their next flights. These same people probably always drive like that also meaning they actually brake going towards a green light which in turn makes you catch the light as they move slowly through it.

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