Two women were seen brawling on a Spirit Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Atlanta on Friday morning in a now viral video, as violent incidents are increasing on airplanes and at airports.
The video, tweeted by Las Vegas Scoop on Friday, shows a woman in the aisle of the plane pointing at another woman in her seat, as people yell: ‘It’s not even worth it, it’s not even worth it.’
The woman in the seat then starts pointing back at the woman in the aisle, at which point the woman in the aisle starts slapping at her and points at her again, while seemingly arguing with her about something.
At that point, the woman in the seat grabs the woman in the aisle and starts pushing her down into the seat, and punching her, grabbing her by the hair to keep her down.
A man in the background could be heard yelling ‘It’s lit, it’s lit.’
The woman in the aisle then pulls the woman in the seat out of her seat, and they are seen brawling in the aisle, as a group of passengers surround them.
The fight appears to begin as an argument between the two women onboard a Spirit Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Atlanta on Friday morning, with the woman in the aisle pointing at another woman in her seat
Soon, the woman in her seat grabs the woman in the aisle by her hair and starts punching her, forcing her into the row of seats, where she continues to fight the woman
A longer version of the brawl, tweeted by Network in Vegas on Saturday, appears to show the woman in the aisle get kicked off the plane, as a man starts chanting ‘Nah, nah, nah, nah, hey, hey, hey goodbye.’
The woman seems upset about her dismissal, walking down the aisle saying ‘What the f***,’ and turning back to the passengers in their seats, seemingly arguing with them.
As she continues to yell back at the passengers, the woman in the seat, wearing a blue bandana, begins to stand up, and starts to talk directly to the woman in the aisle, at which point the woman in the aisle turns back to her and starts pointing.
The woman in her seat then starts yelling back at the woman in the aisle, causing her to turn around and start arguing and pointing, until the woman in the blue bandana punches her and grabs her.
Another woman is seen trying to separate the two, until they fall into the aisle, at which point more people start gathering around the two brawlers and try to separate them.
It remains unclear what led to the brawl or whether either of the women faced any repercussions for their actions.
DailyMail.com has reached out to Spirit Airlines for more information about the apparent assault.
The woman in the aisle was apparently being kicked off the flight when the fight began
On her way out, the woman in her seat stood up and started arguing with her
But violence incidences like these are increasing on airplanes and at airports.
In June, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that airlines have reported more than 3,000 incidents involving unruly passengers since January 1, with about 76 percent of the nearly 3,300 reports involving passengers who refused to wear masks on board their flights.
It has collected $682,000 in these penalties since the new regulations went into effect.
While the FAA agency did not track such reports in prior years, a spokesman said it was safe to assume this year’s numbers are the highest ever.
Since announcing a ‘zero-tolerance policy’ against unruly passengers in January, the FAA has publicized potential fines – some topping $30,000 – against more than 80 passengers. That is about three times the full-year average number of cases over the past decade, according to FAA figures.
In one instance just last week, a white man on a Frontier Airlines flight from Philadelphia to Miami allegedly grew angry at a black passenger because he thought he was taking to long to get his luggage from the overhead bin and was blocking his way out.
The white man then reportedly punched the black passenger, and called him the ‘N’ word.
A nearly three-minute long video of the incident showed the two men arguing, when a white man suddenly grabs a black man and pushes him down into the seat. A black woman then seems to get involved and starts attacking a white woman, who grabs her by the hair as a flight attendant asks what happened.
The white man, meanwhile, continues to punch the black man, leading the black woman to grab the white man by the head, as people try to pull him off the black man.
Eventually, several other passengers and a flight attendant were able to get the white man off the black man, and push him forward to deplane.
The black man could be seen trying to follow him, but the black woman seemed to hold him back, as others on the plane shouted at him to ‘get out.’
Video posted to Instagram shows the moment a white passenger pushed a black passenger into the seat of a Frontier Airlines plane as passengers tried to deplane on Sunday night
A black woman and a white woman, presumably the men’s wives, got involved, with the black woman trying to grab the white man while the white woman pulled her hair
FAA fines for unruly passengers reaches $682,000
With nine cases of unruly passengers reported earlier this month, totaling $119,000 in fines, the agency has collected a total of $682,000 since the beginning of the year.
- $21,500 to a passenger on a December 2020 Frontier Airlines flight from Nashville to Orlando
- $18,500 to a passenger on a February 19 Republic Airlines flight from Indianapolis to Philadelphia
- $17,000 to a passenger on a January 25 Frontier Airlines flight from St. Louis, Missouri to Las Vegas
- $13,000 to a passenger on a January 29 Frontier Airlines flight from San Diego to Las Vegas
- $10,500 to a passenger on a February 27 Allegiant Air flight from Provo, Utah to Mesa, Arizona
- $10,500 to a passenger on a January 23 Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Ketchikan
- $10,500 to a passenger on a December 19 Allegiant Air flight from Syracuse, New York to Punta Gorda, Florida
- $10,000 to a passenger on a February 19 Republic Airlines flight from Indianapolis to Philadelphia
- $7,500 to a passenger on a February 25 Southwest Airlines flight from Denver to Los Angeles
Last month, a 29-year-old woman was arrested and charged with aggravated assault while she was trying to check-in for another Frontier Airlines flight with her two children at Orlando International Airport and hit an employee with a keyboard.
And in May, a young woman on a Southwest plane in San Diego, California punched a flight attendant in the face. She was charged with felony battery.
As a result of these violent incidents, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said they will resume self-defense training for airline flight attendants and pilots, which were halted last year due to the pandemic.
Certain airlines have also decided to ban the sale of alcohol on their flights in the wake of these violent incidences.
In May, American Airlines officials announced they would not resume serving alcohol to passengers in the main cabins until at least September, saying that they had seen ‘some of these stressors create deeply disturbing situations on board aircrafts.’
Vice president of flight service Brady Byrnes added: ‘Let me be clear: American Airlines will not tolerate assault or mistreatment of our crews.’
‘While we appreciate that customers and crewmembers are eager to return to ‘normal,’ we will move cautiously and deliberately when restoring pre-COVID practices.’
American Airlines halted the sale of alcohol in economy in late March 2020 to limit interactions between passengers and flight attendants during the pandemic. The airline now says the ban will remain in place through September 13, the same date the Transportation Security Administration plans to lift the mask mandate on all flights.
Southwest Airlines has also decided to halt its plans to return to selling alcohol to customers as the COVID pandemic wanes.
‘Given the recent uptick in industry-wide incidents of passenger disruptions inflight, we have made the decision to pause the previously announced re-start of alcohol service,’ said Southwest spokesman Chris Mainz.
Mainz said the decision might disappoint some customers, ‘but we feel this is the right decision at this time in the interest of the safety and comfort of all customers and crew onboard.’
The airline has not determined new dates for selling alcohol.