Passengers Throw Punches In Aisle Of An American Airlines Flight As They Argue Over Face Masks
A fight broke out on an American Airline flight after passengers were asked to leave the flight because they weren't wearing face masks.
The video showing the wild commotion that unfolded during the flight from Las Vegas to Charlotte, North Carolina, was shared on Twitter by media personality, Caryn Ross after her husband filmed it.
"Nothing like a morning Fight Club as tempers flared on @AmericanAir LAS-CLT flight today," Ross said in the clip. "So much for social distancing! #AAFightClub"
In the video, one woman can be heard shouting at another passenger, who quickly gets up and attacks her.
One of the women can be seen wearing a mask but it unclear whether the other woman is wearing one.
The two squabble and wind up falling into the seats as they continue throwing punches.
The woman who started the fight later got off the plane after authorities were called to the scene.
American Airlines released a statement sharing their COVID-19 mask policy and the events leading up to the video.
The airline said: "On Monday, a customer on American Airlines Flight 1665 with service from Las Vegas to Charlotte failed to comply with our mandatory face-covering policy after boarding the aircraft prior to departure. In accordance with our policy, the customer was subsequently asked to leave the aircraft and became disruptive, resulting in an altercation with other passengers.
"American Airline, like other U.S. airlines, began requiring customers to wear a face-covering while onboard aircraft beginning May 11. We have since strengthened our policy to require face coverings be worn at airports and onboard, and announced in June that we may deny future travel for customers who refuse to wear a face-covering for the duration of this requirement."
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