Spirit Airlines flight breaks into violent brawl as passenger throws punches

By Fatou Ferraro Mboup

Updated Jan 5, 2024 at 03:23 PM

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A video has been circulating online of an alarming incident that unfolded on a budget airline flight bound for Florida. The already tense atmosphere of air travel reached new heights as a dispute between passengers erupted into a full-fledged brawl. Supposedly, the origins of this chaotic spectacle can be traced back to Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport, where a Polish man engaged in a heated argument with another passenger before boarding the flight.

Little did anyone know, the man in question would be bringing the drama onto the actual aeroplane.

As the passengers boarded the flight from Colombia to Florida, the situation took a drastic turn. According to a police spokesperson, the Polish man’s heightened emotional state stemmed from the recent outcomes of a custody case, explaining the intensity of his distress, as reported by Dexerto. It also probably didn’t help that there were large quantities of alcohol involved.

The Polish man, seemingly unable to contain his frustration, initiated a physical altercation with a fellow traveller.

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Visuals from a Spirit airlines Airbus A320 Cabin, while operating the flight Barranquilla-Fortlauderdale. Due to the strange behavior of a passenger, the crew notified the police and the man became aggressive to the Colombian Police, while getting offloaded.

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Footage uploaded by ImpactoNews on 17 December 2023 depicts the scene that unfolded inside the aircraft. Multiple police officers attempted to intervene, working to escort the belligerent passenger off the flight. However, the man, in a fit of rage, turned his aggression toward the law enforcement officers, unleashing a barrage of punches that left heads battered and the cabin in disarray.

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In the video, the man can be heard yelling “F*ck you!” as he vehemently resists the efforts of the officers. Elbowing one and grappling with others, he seems determined to make his point through sheer physical confrontation. The ordeal proved to be a challenging task for the police, who eventually managed to restrain the agitated man and successfully remove him from the flight.

This disturbing incident is not an isolated one in the realm of air travel. It joins a growing list of in-flight altercations that have made headlines, ranging from disputes over personal space to confrontations arising from perceived slights.

Notably, in March 2023, a Southwest flight became the stage for a physical altercation between two passengers, sparked by an accidental bump. In another instance in December, a passenger was knocked out and removed from a flight after challenging a fellow traveller to a fight, all because he disapproved of being filmed.

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