A nasty fight brawl out in the baggage claim area of Terminal 3 at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. What do these fighting ruffians, if anything, teach us about travel?
Chicago O’Hare Baggage Claim Brawl – Dozens Throw Punches
I’m not going to make any assumptions here, because we are only working off the video below. Was it a Spirit Airlines flight or an American Airlines flight? What caused this fight? Was it a continuation of a fight onboard, which has been the case with similar baggage claim brawls in the past, or perhaps people standing in front of a carousel and blocking others from getting their bag?
Here we see men and women, black, brown, and white fighting, so it isn’t clear this is a racial issue. But this is really one of the nastiest fights I have ever seen at an airport…and so many people. Have people lost all common sense and decency? Let’s not reduce this to “Oh Chicago” as if these sorts of things only happen across the fruited plain.
— 16th & 17th District Chicago Police Scanner (@CPD1617Scanner) May 23, 2023
View From The Wing, who first shared this story, is amazed “that at a major international airport there are numerous law enforcement agencies of all kinds on premises, and cameras literally everywhere, yet no one seems to intervene.”
It’s a fair point, but I also think it’s rather clear why no one is breaking it up: who wants to get in the middle of that? There were no children being harmed. There were no elderly being harmed. Indeed, there do not even appear to be victims, just ruffians fighting who could have walked away. Who would reasonably throw themselves into the center of that fight?
As for what this teaches us about travel, I think we must be ever-vigilant that tempers are frayed, people are on-edge, and therefore we must act nimbly when traveling. Tomorrow, I’ll share about an incident that occurred on my United flight to Denver yesterday–It wasn’t pretty. It takes two to tango. Even when our “pride” may be at stake, it is (almost) always wise to walk away.
A nasty brawl amongst over a dozen folks broke out at Chicago O’Hare. Whatever the root cause of the fight, these sorts of things can happen at a moment’s notice and it is incumbent upon us, the rational traveler, to de-escalate rather than escalate situations…but also to stand clear when the…well, you know…hits the fan.
images: @CPD1617Scanner / Twitter