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Caught on Video: Limited Standby Seats on American Flight Results in Brawl

Caught on Video: Limited Standby Seats on American Flight Results in Brawl
Joe Cortez

Three Miami flyers were caught on video assaulting another group of passengers when they were told they weren’t allowed to fly together. Caught from multiple angles, the unprovoked attack ended with one person charged with disorderly conduct.

One flyer is facing charges of disorderly conduct after launching an assault on other passengers when he was told there wasn’t enough standby seats to accommodate his group. CBS Miami reports Jameel Decquir was one of the people caught on multiple videos starting a brawl at Miami International Airport’s (MIA) Concourse D, Gate 12.

Fight Breaks Out Over Lack Of Seats on American Flight

According to the station, Decquir was one of a group of four flying from MIA to Chicago. The group was on standby aboard an American Airlines flight. When a gate agent informed Decquir and his party there was only three seats available, they became confrontational.

The American agent gave them the option to take the three seats and leave one person behind, or take another flight. After exchanging words, the gate agent asked another group of three if they wanted the standby seats. That’s when emotions boiled over, leading to a gate-clearing flight.

The fight was captured from multiple angles and posted to Twitter. While some people cried out for security and police, others tried to talk the group down. Both tactics were not helpful to the situation.

According to the videos, the attack lasted 90 seconds. Police were not depicted arriving to break up the fight from any angle. Its unclear if any of Decquir’s party will also face charges for their part in the fight.

Continued Increase in Bad Behavior Led to FAA Keeping Increased Fines

As more flyers continue to book airfare with the COVID-19 pandemic coming to an end, altercations at airports and aboard flights are increasing. At the beginning of April 2021, a family was filmed causing a disruption aboard a Spirit Airlines flight after they were asked to leave for violating face mask policies. Because flyers continue to have issues aboard aircraft, the Federal Aviation Administration is extending their penalties of up to $35,000 against passengers who behave badly until the face mask mandate ends.

View Comments (17)


  1. wahooflyer

    April 27, 2021 at 2:47 am

    Standby? I have to wonder if this is a “buddy pass” or other employee benefit traveler…if so, someone is probably about to get fired or have their pass privileges suspended!

  2. strickerj

    April 27, 2021 at 6:07 am

    An unprovoked assault only resulted in “disorderly conduct” charges (i.e., the charge you use when no other charges will stick)? Maybe that’s why these incidents keep happening?

  3. Grog

    April 27, 2021 at 6:29 am

    Not sure there’s even a comment befitting…

  4. cairns

    April 27, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    Hyenas are better behaved than this pack of animals….

  5. VRFast

    April 27, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    Surreal. I was wondering standby=employee as well. If that is so, hopefully someone gets fired. Taking away pass privileges won’t do it, disorderly conduct won’t do it either.

  6. AsiaTravel2019

    April 27, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    Hopefully these savages went to jail, but I am sure they didn’t….

  7. SarcasticMisanthrope

    April 28, 2021 at 5:14 am

    Stay classy Miami International. It is a garbage dump of an Airport.

  8. JoeDTW

    April 28, 2021 at 9:31 am

    Here’s a longer video of the fight. Warning: NSFW language.

    One good thing: this fight is bad, but it pales in comparison to some of the fights at Chuck E Cheese; type “Chuck E Cheese brawl” or “Chuck E Cheese melee” in You Tube, if you want to see humanity at its worst.

  9. Oscarwildetime

    April 28, 2021 at 10:16 am

    Amazing, a 90 second brawl at an International Airport gate and not a single security or police member in attendance. How is it with all the CCTV and mobile phone coverage only 1 of these idiots is arrested and charged. I am also stunned as the other passengers standby and watch. I have never (Even now at my age) have been able to standby and watch 3 people beat on 1 person.

  10. AADFW

    April 28, 2021 at 10:32 am

    Absolutely disgraceful. This definitely should have resulted in felony charges. We should not tolerate this violent behavior in society, and particularly at an airport.

  11. Marko63

    April 28, 2021 at 12:21 pm

    Marginal human beings demonstrating subhuman behavior:.
    The fact it is taking place in Miami International Airport and involves American Airlines surprises me…not one bit.
    The attackers should be banned from all air travel and be charged with a felony.

  12. Jackie_414

    April 28, 2021 at 2:07 pm

    Looks like the jungle to me. Only thing missing are the snakes.

  13. polinka

    April 29, 2021 at 9:27 am

    1 person charged with “disorderly conduct”?? Unbelievable. All should have been arrested and put on no-fly list. Different rules.

  14. ceieoc

    May 1, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    Passengers traveling on buddy passes should remember they must not participate in brawls at their departure gate or anywhere inside the airport terminal. To help ensure on-time airport departures, I recommend fighting passengers consider moving their quarrel to an off-site rental car terminal or the rental car shuttle bus.

  15. bdfennelly

    May 4, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    Standby? Airline employee? Buddy pass rider? or just someone seeking the cheapest means to get somewhere. If an airline employee was involved in any way with the person who started the altercation, they should lose their own personal flight privileges. In any case the persons in the party of four whom I assume started the fight, then they should be banned from flying by all airlines

  16. vbnet

    May 4, 2021 at 12:06 pm

    No one would press charges. Dumb.

  17. Danwriter

    May 4, 2021 at 6:15 pm


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