In watching a video of two passengers in a fistfight on an ANA flight from Tokyo to Los Angeles, I was reminded of my own near-miss fight many years ago.
You can watch the disgusting video here–
It appears as if the guy in the red shirt was the instigator, but the video is inconclusive. We don’t know what kind of words were exchanged or if there were any fists thrown before the camera started rolling. Certainly there was some kind of skirmish or else the passenger would not have pulled out a camera and began recording.
Before deleting his video and descriptive tweet, the Twitter user who posted the video above stated–
For the record ANA staff and passengers handled the situation with grace and respect. They did the best they could to diffuse the situation. The video ended when I stepped in & confronted the man in the red shirt. I told him to leave and squared up with him, he backed down and left. As of now and after speaking with the other passengers the motive for why he did this is still UNKNOWN. None of us have any idea why at all.
I have a thought: alcohol. NRT-LAX is a long flight in 10-abreast 777 seating that many can cope with only through hard liquor.
I’m Reminded (and Thankful) My SAS Flight Did Not End Up Like This
In 2010, I shared (on this blog) about a horrific passenger seated next to me on an SAS flight from Copenhagen to Washington Dulles.
But my seatmate apparently didn’t enjoy my presence. The cabin was arranged in a 2-2-2 setting and there was a console large enough for four drinks between each seat. There were two water bottles on the console already and I ordered a club soda, which I set down on my half of the console. The guy turned to me and angrily asked me to remove the drink from “his console.” I asked him to repeat himself, which made him even angrier, and he again demanded I remove my drink from the console. I shook my head, picked up my drink, and walked away. Not worth messing with an idiot like that.
The human mind is a funny thing. I replay this incident inside all the time, always in the same way. It involves me glaring at him, and then abruptly brushing off all of the drinks on the console…onto his lap.
That would have been a horrible idea. Revenge is never worthwhile. He was already drunk and I felt he was so close to attacking me that I moved seats. Even if he would have been the one to throw the first punch, I would have been “asking for it” had I deliberately spilled several drinks on him.
I wonder if something similar occurred on the ANA flight above. Perhaps the drunk passenger in the red shirt was already saying nasty things to the passenger behind him. Did the other guy do something, like shaking his seat-back, to incite the red shirt to violence?
(H/T Point Me to the Plane)