Sadly, domestic violence occurs even at 40,000 feet in the air. An escalating argument onboard led to a lurid case of battery, a mobile phone catching fire, and the Southwest flight eventually diverting.
Southwest Airlines Pensacola Diversion After Heated Fight And Battery Using Cell Phone Sparks Battery Fire
Southwest Flight WN4699 was heading from Dallas (DAL) to Fort Lauderdale (FLL) on Wednesday when a man and woman onboard began bickering. The heated argument became physical when the man took a mobile phone and smashed it against the woman’s body.
Smoke began emitting from the device, prompting one passenger to yell “FIRE.” Airlines are prepared for electronic fires and flight attendants quickly placed the phone in a fire-safe bag that can withstand even a burning phone.
Even with the smoldering cell phone safety disposed of, the captain opted to divert to Pensacola (PNS).
A Southwest spokesperson noted:
“A Southwest flight operating from Dallas Love Field safely diverted to Pensacola International Airport on Wednesday afternoon due to a dispute between two passengers traveling together that resulted in a broken cell phone which smouldered and was placed into a battery containment bag by our Flight Attendants.”
“After the two passengers exited the aircraft in Pensacola, the flight continued to Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport. We appreciate the patience, cooperation, and support of the Customers onboard today.”
It is not clear if one or both of the passengers were arrested.
The flight promptly continued to Fort Lauderdale, arriving about 90 minutes late.
I hope she presses charges against him in addition to the hefty FAA fine the couple may both share. Striking someone with a cell phone (or a hand or anything at all) is totally unacceptable and must be unequivocally condemned.
(H/T: Paddle Your Own Kanoo)