A vicious fight broke out on a Southwest flight as it was taxiing in Burbank, as one man was seen repeatedly punching another before passengers were able to pull him away.
A shocking clip has been released showing the moment two airline passengers erupted in a violent brawl when their plane touched down in California. One person was arrested after the fight aboard a Southwest Airlines jet on a stopover in Burbank after arriving from Dallas, Texas, on Sunday.
One man suffered minor injuries in the fight, but could continue to his destination, Southwest Airlines said in a statement to CNN. The other, who was described as a 37-year-old man from Lancaster, California was detained at the gate, arrested for misdemeanor battery and booked into the Burbank City Jail, according to Burbank police.
Cellphone video of the incident surfaced on social media. In the video, the two men appear to be jostling for position near a row of seats, when one man forces the other over the backs of the seats in front of them. Leaning over his opponent, the man can be seen unleashing a series of punches before fellow passengers rush in to stop the fight. A female passenger is heard imploring them to stop, asking, "What is wrong with you?"
Southwest Airlines expressed gratitude to their employees for reacting quickly and keeping the incident from getting worse. "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 said in a statement.
News of the fight comes just weeks after a plane full of passengers was delayed after a married couple started wrestling on the tarmac in a blazing row before take-off. The couple ended up brawling on the floor - with the husband pinning his wife to the ground and swinging his fists in the direction of her face - as they clashed.