Melee at Burbank Bob Hope Airport becomes dogpile on top of a Southwest Airlines flight attendant
California,May11:A melee on a plane at Burbank Bob Hope Airport in California on Sunday culminated in a dogpile on top of a Southwest Airlines flight attendant. According to NBC 4 Los Angeles, the flight attendant had been helping deplane passengers from Dallas when a man complained that the woman behind him was “messing with his chair.”
The woman’s companion stepped into the aisle to help her get off the plane, according to a police report obtained by NBC 4, and got sucker-punched for his trouble.
A few rows back, Michael Krause began recording the ensuing dispute, which his son shared on Twitter.
“I heard a noise,” the elder Krause told The Washington Post. He turned around and saw two men grappling in the aisle.
“One of the gentleman had the other pinned up against the overhead bin,” he said. “The fight ensued from there.”
Krause said he took a few steps toward the men, but was recovering from surgery for a broken hand. So he held up his phone and recorded as some other passengers began to flee the plane.
“The stewardess was cleaning at the front,” Krause said. “She’s running toward the fray, which I thought was heroic on her behalf.”
In Krause’s video, a latex-gloved flight attendant vainly tries to pull the men apart – joined in her effort by one, two, three and eventually four separate passengers.
“What is wrong with you? Get off!” a woman yells.
But it’s no good. The two men grapple through the aisle, where one gains the advantage and pushes the other down into a seat.
People fall like dominoes amid the punching.
In Burbank, Krause said, the man on top of the dog pile seemed to realize enough was enough.
“The guy was strong,” he said, “he could have kept going if he’d wanted to.”
Instead, the man stood up with what looked like a blood streak on the back of his T-shirt, Krause said, and left the plane in peace.
Once Krause got off, he said, he saw the man talking to police officers.
One of the brawlers was jailed on a charge of battery, according to NBC, and another suffered what Southwest said in a statement were “minor injuries.”