An alcohol-fueled discussion over the upcoming Super Bowl turned ugly when a Frontier Airlines gate agent boarded the flight to remove one of the passengers. When the passenger protested and lunged at the gate agent, another passenger jumped up and placed the intoxicated passenger in a chokehold.
Alcohol-Fueled Frontier Airlines Super Bowl Brawl
The incident occurred on Frontier Airlines Flight 2415 from Cleveland (CLE) to Phoenix (PHX). Prior to the flight, one of the passengers had purchased alcohol inside the airport concourse, took it onboard, and continued to consume it once seated. This same passenger also got into a heated argument with his seatemate over this weekend’s Super Bowl LVI, featuring the Cincinnati Bengals versus the Los Angeles Rams.
Although he was in Cleveland (Browns territory), he expressed his allegiance to the Bengals, which apparently caused a stir onboard. It was the heated discussion over the Super Bowl that caught the attention of flight attendants, but they could not help but note his foul language and openly consuming alcohol. A gate agent was summoned to remove him from the flight.
But when the gate agent approached him and told him he would not be traveling to Phoenix, the passenger became upset and lunged at the gate agent. Another passenger jumped up and put the intoxicated passenger in a chokehold, which prompted the gate agent and the companion of the intoxicated passenger to wrestle with the man to pry his hands off the neck of the intoxicated passenger.
Once the two were separated, the intoxicated passenger walked off the flight without further incident, yelling out:
“I was a Bengals fan, I was the only Bengals fan. I’m not a bad person, bro, I drank a little too much, and one guy back there had a problem that I was drinking too much.”
He also uttered a tirade of profanity as he walking off.
A Frontier Airlines spokesperson confirmed:
“As Flight 2415 scheduled from Cleveland to Phoenix on February 9 was at the gate prior to takeoff, a passenger was behaving disruptively and was asked to exit the aircraft by a gate agent. The passenger became increasingly aggressive, physically assaulting the gate agent. The passenger was subsequently arrested by local enforcement and has been permanently placed on our Prevent Departure list.”
A video of the event was captured here:
Cleveland Police are investigating the matter: no charges have been filed yet.
Once again we see the problem is not alcohol onboard, but purchasing larger quantities of alcohol in an airport and then illicitly consuming it onboard. Whether the chokehold was necessary is a matter of perspective: the passenger certainly lunged at the much scrawnier gate agent, but there may have been other ways to subdue the intoxicated passenger short of a choke hold.