Jetstar may permanently ban a man and woman – apparently unknown to each other – who were allegedly involved in a mid-air punch-up that sprang from an argument over reclining a seat.
Crew had to break up a fight between the two passengers aboard Jetstar flight JQ33, a B787-8 Dreamliner flight that left Phuket last Wednesday and arrived in Sydney same day, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
A passenger on the flight told radio station 2GB’s Ben Fordham that the violent dispute arose after a passenger “fully reclined” her seat.
A passenger in the row behind objected.
“One of the passengers was distressed as another lady put her seat back on his mother,” the passenger said.
“It was a night flight, so it was two or three o’clock in the morning. This other passenger got out of his seat and whacked that woman’s seat who did that to his mother three or four times.”
The passenger told Fordham that the man returned to his seat but the woman followed him and blows were exchanged.
Passengers reportedly restrained the man while cabin crew intervened and moved the two combatants from business class to elsewhere on the plane. The passenger who spoke on 2GB praised the conduct of Jetstar’s cabin crew.
On arrival in Sydney, Australian Federal Police officers met the flight and escorted a 27-year-old man and a 42-year-old woman from the plane. Investigations were continuing at last report.
Written by Peter Needham