The world, as you may have discerned, has gone insane.
And some of the craze recently spilled out onto a commercial airplane.
As relayed by KXAN, during an American Airlines flight from New Orleans to Austin, chaos erupted among three male passengers.
A witness claims the hubbub began “over a seat that couldn’t unrecline.”
The mechanical malfunction purportedly led to two men verbally attacking one other.
Then — per an onlooker — they unbuckled and brawled:
“When the plane finally landed in Austin and the seatbelt sign was turned off, both men jumped up and physically started fighting each other.”
That’s downplaying the pummeling that proceeded.
The guys went ape on each other — in a packed hollow tube.
As captured by a cell phone, one man wags his finger in the face of the other while a third stands between them.
Then Mr. Finger gets punched.
The two men smash the socker.
Passengers repeatedly scream, “Stop!”
“Do not hit me!”
Toward the end of the clip, one bystander implores, “Just don’t hurt anybody else on the plane.”
Speaking to KEYE News, the airline confirmed that cops were called.
Law enforcement were requested to meet American Eagle flight 4698, operated by Republic Airways, after arriving to Austin (AUS) from New Orleans (MSY) due to an altercation between passengers.
The friendly skies are getting less friendly.
As covered by RedState’s Jeff Charles last week, flight attendants have seen a surge in uncivil behavior.
From The Hill:
More than 85 percent of flight attendants dealt with unruly passengers in the first half of 2021, according to a survey conducted by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA).
Nearly 1 in 5 flight attendants experienced a physical incident, according to the survey, which polled nearly 5,000 flight attendants.
And on Saturday, I delivered news of airline staff taking self-defense classes to deal with belligerent boarders.
It strikes me as a reasonable idea — the Federal Aviation Administration indicates there’ve been 3,400+ reports of turbulent behavior since January 1st.
And this latest blow-up is a real doozy.
Of course, it’s not the only one over the past frenzied year to make the news.
As we learned in October, amid high-anxiety air travel, sometimes even royalty can act up:
As for the Austin Assault, the New York Post reports no arrests were made.
That’s quite the surprise.
The world was once a place where security was a pretty safe bet.
More and more, it seems, all bets are off.
What will the airlines do?
Well, aside from flight crews training in the art of the hook kick…there’s always duct tape:
— LoyaltyLobby (@LoyaltyLobby) February 6, 2018
Remember that airline passenger who was so unruly that other passengers helped the crew duct tape him to his seat? pic.twitter.com/0FWAwwR5j6
— JT Hallbeck 🇺🇸 (@misdelivered_) July 9, 2015
And if passengers are still too aggressive for fighting flight attendants, I know of a few fellas who might be willing to help.
They don’t come any tougher:
— Alex Parker (@alexparker1984) August 4, 2021
Stay safe, everyone.
And if you have to take a plane, good luck.
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