Fourth Estate Staff
Burbank, CA, United States (4E) – Passengers on board a Southwest flight had a brawl shortly after the plane landed in Burbank, California, a video showing the incident confirmed.
Reports said the Southwest flight 2530 traveled from Dallas on its way to Oakland, California. It had a short layover at Hollywood Burbank Airport on Sunday. Burbank police said after the plane taxied to the gate, the fight broke out between two men.
Fellow passengers were on their way out of the plane when the fistfight escalated. In the cellphone video that surfaced, it showed one man forced the other over the seats in front of them. That same man then unleashed a series of punches. Fellow passengers then rushed to help the other man and break the fight.
According to police, one of them suffered from minor injuries but was able to continue to his destination. The other man, identified as a 37-year-old from Lancaster, California, was detained at the gate. Police came and arrested him for misdemeanor battery.
It remained unclear what the fight was about. The person who videoed the incident, identified as Michael Krause of Newbury Park California, said, “Everyone was de-planing then all heck broke loose.” He said he heard a commotion then saw the two men wrestling and punching each other.
Southwest Airlines said in a statement, “Our employees are our everyday heroes and are trained to de-escalate conflict while delivering heartfelt hospitality on nearly 4,000 flights to nearly the half-million customers who fly Southwest every day.”
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