A Southwest Airlines flight arriving in Burbank became the scene of the just latest ugly incident in commercial aviation news when two passengers became embroiled in a violent brawl.
A disagreement between two Southwest Airlines passengers turned violent on Sunday moments after a flight from Dallas Love Field (DAL) arrived at Burbank Bob Hope Airport (BUR). The frenzied fisticuffs sent nearby travelers scrambling to escape – even as flight attendants and other flyers tried desperately to break up the brutal flight.
The two combatants had reportedly been arguing shortly before the altercation suddenly turned physical. A cellphone video of the incident posted on social media shows the pair apparently jostling for position in the aisle before one man pulled the other over onto a row of unoccupied seats before the two began trading blows. As some passengers rushed to separate the brawling men, still others could be seen quickly fleeing in terror.
Southwest Airline fight @ Burbank Airport pic.twitter.com/FvQcgExKyR
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Meanwhile, an unidentified woman begged the passengers to quit hitting each other. “What is wrong with you?” she can be heard asking in frustration, before exclaiming “Get off! Stop it!” while she attempted to pry the men apart.
Southwest Airlines officials praised crew members for quickly bringing the potentially dangerous situation to a safe conclusion. “Our employees are our everyday heroes and are trained to de-escalate conflict while delivering heartfelt hospitality on nearly 4,000 flights to nearly the half-million customers who fly Southwest every day,” the airline told CNN on Wednesday.
According to Burbank Police, one of the men involved in the scuffle on the taxiway was treated for minor injuries before continuing on to Oakland International Airport on the same flight. The alleged instigator, however, an unidentified 37-year-old man was arrested on battery charges.