In the latest such incident, a fight broke out on a Spirit Airlines flight last Thursday from Los Angeles to Detroit. The flight in question was NK709, a redeye flight operated by an Airbus A320 that diverted to Des Moines due to the fight. According to WDIV, and per eyewitness reports:
- A passenger said other passengers were being too loud while he was trying to sleep, and he was beaten bloody
- Passengers asked the crew why they weren’t doing anything, and the crew allegedly responded “we don’t get paid enough to deal with this” (which is oh-so-true)
- The plane ended up diverting to Des Moines, where the plane stayed for two hours
- Before the plane diverted, the passengers with blood all over their clothes changed, as they didn’t want to be recognized
- The passengers involved in the fight were allowed back onboard after being taken off, as police “didn’t have jurisdiction to arrest anyone”
As a passenger on the flight explains:
“We were in shock, really. We couldn’t believe it was happening. It was really scary. I had my kids with me and everybody was like, ‘Oh my God.’
They didn’t clean the blood. We sat there for two hours, everyone sucking everyone’s coronavirus.”
A passenger also mentions how she “couldn’t believe” how packed the flight was. C’mon folks, stop expecting that any flight you take will be empty, because it’s unlikely to be the case with the capacity cuts we’ve seen.
Here’s an interview with a passenger on the flight, as well as blurred footage of the incident:
While Spirit Airlines is known for the fights that unfold on their flights, one has to wonder if fighting on planes is about to get exponentially worse across the board. With a desire for social distancing and people being in tight spaces, not to mention new face mask regulations, I feel like we might just see more onboard fights than ever before.
Only time will tell…