Unruly Passengers Force Hawaiian Airlines Flight to Turn Back 2 Hours Into Trip
It’s important to remain calm while you’re flying. If not, you might end up causing real problems for everyone around you.
A pair of unruly passengers caused a Hawaiian Airlines flight bound for Los Angeles to turn back to Honolulu's Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on Tuesday night after a fight broke out mid-air, Hawaii News Now reported.
Details are unclear as to how the fight began. According to Hawaii News Now, many passengers said that it was due to one man bumping another man’s chair.
“I heard a bunch of shouting coming from behind me — about three rows back. Some dude was in another dude’s face telling him to [expletive] off,” passenger Justin Moore-Brown told Hawaii News Now.
Other sources say the fight was due to some sort of verbal exchange involving the two men’s companions.
According to KHON2, passenger Stanson Chung said, “I don't know if it was wife or girlfriend, but was like ‘Don't talk to her like that, you shouldn't talk to her like that’.” He added, “And then the guy said, ‘Don't you talk to me like that,’ and that kinda triggered him to charge him or something.”
Some passengers claim there was no physical contact involved in the fight, according to Hawaii News Now. However, even in verbal altercations in the air, flight crews are often forced to make emergency landings as a precaution.
Hawaiian Airlines said in a statement to Hawaii News Now, “Approximately two hours into the flight, the captain elected to return the aircraft to Honolulu due to two unruly passengers. Local law enforcement met the aircraft upon arrival at 6:38 p.m. There were 276 passengers and 11 crew onboard. Safety is our priority, and we apologize to our guests for the inconvenience.”
At least one of the men involved in the fight was removed by authorities, Hawaii News Now reported. Other passengers were able to reboard and continue to Los Angeles. The flight took off again around 8 p.m. local time.
If you’ve been noticing that unruly passengers seem to be worse than ever in the last few years, you’re not alone. A report from 2017 noted that while instances of unruly passengers seems to have gone down, the incidents that have occurred tended to be more violent than in the past.
It’s no surprise that airlines are now cracking down on misbehaving passengers because of this — Hawaiian Airlines, especially. One passenger back in 2017 had to pay the airline nearly $98,000 for making threats to the flight crew.