A mid-air brawl over a crying baby made one pilot on a recent flight threaten an emergency landing. According to the Mail Online, the fight began after two women were awoken by a crying baby about two hours into the Air China flight headed from Chongqing to Hong Kong. Things started off as words exchanged, but escalated quickly, and got violent.
“As the situation escalated, the two women reclined their seats fully backwards, which aggravated things further. A scuffle ensued, with one of the women hitting on her head on the overhead locker, until cabin crew managed to step in and separate the women,” reports the Mail Online.
The mid-air brawl over the crying baby didn’t end up causing the pilot to land the plane, but the police at Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok Airport were notified of the situation on board the aircraft. When the plane arrived at the gate, the passengers involved in the brawl were interviewed, Fox News reports. It’s unknown if any charges were filed.
“I was sitting right next to them when they started telling the woman to shut the baby up. She started shouting back at them and before I knew what was happening she leant [sic] over the seat and punched one of them. They then started hitting her and all hell broke loose. They were fighting, the baby was now screaming and other passengers were shouting. It was like some bizarre film,” explained Passenger Xiong Wan.
The mid-air brawl over the crying baby was not the first incident on board a Chinese airline this week. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, a first-time flyer decided to open the door of the plane while the aircraft was preparing for takeoff in order to “get some fresh air.” There was at least one report that the emergency slide had deployed after the door was opened, but the report has not been confirmed.
“Inside the plane, fellow passengers reached instinctively for their camera phones and snapped photos of the incident. They posted the photos to Chinese social media sites with several comments.”
Many passengers feel that air travel is stressful enough without having to deal with irate people, crying babies, and people who don’t know basic protocol. Thankfully, no one was injured in either of these situations, but many are talking about both incidents on social media today.