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Video shows wild plane punch-up over carry-on bag

March 12, 2018 Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

Disputes on planes sometimes erupt even before takeoff, with passengers arguing over loading their carry-on bags into overhead storage lockers. No sooner had the latest punch-up been captured on video than another airline was reported to have devised a solution to the problem – one that will earn it money.

The fight on a Southwest Airlines flight from Dallas to Los Angeles on Friday began when a man started arguing with flight attendants over overhead storage. It ended with him being asked to leave the plane.

He refused, Fox News reported.

Witnesses say another passenger then got involved, asking the man to get off the flight so it could take off. The man then spat on that passenger, and the fight was on.

Takeoff was delayed for an hour while police intervened in what Southwest Airlines called an “altercation between two passengers”.

Disputes sometimes happen when newly arriving passengers find the overhead bins stuffed with the bags of earlier arrivals.

United Airlines, meanwhile, is said to have figured out a way to turn “carry-on bag storage anxiety” into a revenue generator by giving passengers access to priority boarding on US domestic flights – for a fee. Usually, passengers are entitled to join “Group 2 priority boarding” only if they belong to a relevant frequent flyer scheme or are otherwise privileged.

Now they can just pay. Joining Group 2 will cost USD 9.

Boarding early may help flyers find overhead storage space. Part of the space problem stems from passengers dragging large carry-ons aboard and stuffing them into overhead lockers. Cabin crew often decide not to challenge these people – and viewing the video above gives an idea why.

Written by Peter Needham

Currently there is "1 comment" on this Article:

  1. AgentGerko says:

    It is clearly the responsibility of airline ground staff to stop these large wheelies getting on to the plane in the first place. Mind you, if the airlines hadn’t started charging exorbitant fees for checked bags there wouldn’t have been this problem.

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