‘I will sit down in jail for you approaching my family,’ says passenger.
A passenger was filmed aboard a Southwest Airlines flight attacking a fellow flier — swinging punches at him and holding him in a headlock for “aggressively” bumping into his wife.
In the latest incident of unruly passenger behaviour, Phoenix-bound travellers were boarding Flight 117 at Dallas Love Field Airport when a man in a tan blazer stood over a heavily tattooed man and started punching him multiple times.
Witness Caitlin Johnson, 32, told NBC News that moments earlier the man in the blazer had approached the tattooed passenger, asking for his address “and he actually gave him the address and then he just started punching him.”
“He probably punched the guy a good four times before anyone started recording,” Johnson said.
In the video posted online, the attacker is seen repeatedly swinging punches at the other passenger while holding him in a headlock and shouting, “You a p****, you a p****”.
Onlookers can be heard shouting, “Do not hit him again” and pleading for the attacker to “step away”.
In a second video, the man in the blazer can be seen telling onlookers his version of events.
“I’ll tell you what happened,” he begins. “He approached me aggressively, with my family… I don’t play with my family.”
He then turns to another man, saying: “Tell them what happened. Tell them what you did.
“I will sit down in jail for you approaching my family. I will die for my family.”
“That’s why I beat your ass. No other reason,” he adds.
According to reports, both men were removed from the plane, however, no arrests were made.
Southwest Airlines said that the flight from Dallas to Phoenix arrived on-time and as scheduled.
“We commend our crew for managing the situation as safety professionals while also ensuring the comfort of the other passengers in the cabin,” a Southwest Airlines spokesperson said.
Dallas, TX: March 6 – Another flight, another incident. This time on a Southwest Airline, a flight from Dallas to Phoenix. A fight breaks out between two men. The tattooed man “bumped into the man in the sport jacket’s wife by accident, and he started mouthing off.” pic.twitter.com/JLdLWXgd0c
— DeL2000 (@DeL2000) March 8, 2023