Brawling passengers force Southwest plane to turn back to gate
If you think the skies seem particularly unfriendly lately, you’re not the only one.
People aren’t just getting bumped off their flights and roped into brawls in the terminal. A video has surfaced from a Southwest Airlines flight of two passengers getting into a violent altercation within the plane itself.
Flight 2530, which originated in Dallas, was taking a stop over in Burbank, California, on its way to Oakland on Sunday. As the plane taxied to the gate, a fist fight began between two passengers who were about to deplane. It’s still unclear why the fight broke out.
In the cell phone video, a woman who was with one of the two men, and a flight attendant, try to break up the fight, but end up being pushed onto a row of seats.
According to ABC News, the fight began due to some sort of verbal disagreement, which lead to the alleged suspect, 37-year-old Chaze Cable, assaulting the other man. The alleged victim suffered minor injuries, including a “contusion to his left eye, a laceration to his nose and a chipped tooth.”
The victim also performed a citizen’s arrest on Cable before the police arrived on the scene. Cable was charged with two counts of misdemeanor battery, to which he plead not guilty, in court on Tuesday.
A representative for Southwest Airlines said in a statement, “our employees are our everyday heroes and are trained to de-escalate conflict while delivering heartfelt hospitality on nearly 4000 flights to nearly the half-million customers who fly Southwest every day.”