Fight Breaks Out on Southwest Flight


A Southwest Airlines plane preparing to land | Image by Jeramey Lende, Shutterstock

A fight between two passengers broke out on a Southwest Airlines flight on Monday.

The incident occurred on a flight from Dallas Love Field to Phoenix and was confirmed by Southwest, according to WFAA. 

In a video taken by a passenger, two men, one in a sports jacket and the other heavily tattooed, can be seen arguing as other passengers try to step in and separate them. 

Witnesses say the tattooed man approached the other man and his family aggressively, bumping into the man’s wife, which prompted the ensuing brawl, according to WFAA. 

The man in the sports jacket was repeatedly seen swinging at the tattooed man while holding him in a headlock, according to Fox News, as passengers shouted at him, “Do not hit him again” and “Step away.” 

In another video following the incident, the man in the sports jacked said, “I’m telling everybody what happened. He approached me aggressively with my family. Don’t play with my family,” reported WFAA.  

The man in the sports jacket pleaded, “Tell them what happened, tell them what you did,” as he pointed to the other man.

“I will sit down in jail for you approaching my family. I will die for my family, ” the man continued, according to Fox News. “That’s why I beat your a–,” he concluded.

Both men were later taken off the plane. Dallas Police Department said no arrests were made, per Fox News. 

“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 spokesperson told The Dallas Express on Tuesday.

“We don’t have further details to share, except that the flight arrived on-time and as scheduled.”

This was the second incident on a Southwest Airlines flight in the past two days, according to WFAA. 

On a flight from Havana, Cuba, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Southwest passengers had to evacuate the aircraft after smoke filled the cabin, WFAA reported. Southwest said the plane “experienced bird strikes to an engine and the aircraft’s nose” moments after takeoff, according to WFAA. 

A clip posted by ABC News showed a scary scene of a smoke-filled cabin after an engine caught fire while passengers were still aboard the aircraft. 

The flight made an emergency landing in Havana, and passengers were evacuated using an inflatable slide, according to WFAA.

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