What’s the fine line between chivalry and toxic masculinity? I ask that question in the context of a Southwest Airlines flight in which a man attacked another man for bumping his wife. The victim says he inadvertently bumped the woman while the husband says the man is no victim at all after he “aggressively” approached his family.
Husband Strikes Man On His Southwest Airlines Flight Who Bumped His Wife During Boarding
Confession: the other day I took my bag out of the overhead bin and smacked a woman standing behind me. I was horrified. It truly was an accident. Thankfully, she was not hurt and was quite nice about the whole thing. Note to self: always gingerly open overhead bins and gently pull down bags, even if they are small.
It makes me very glad that this did not happen onboard a Southwest Airlines flight from Dallas (DAL) to Phoenix (PHX) that featured lover boy, who felt the need to defend the honor of his wife after a dude bumped into her.
Two videos give us more clues about what happened. First, the fight. Second, his explanation for why he attacked the man.
Thank you for flying with southwest today. I was late getting home because of this right here 🤣 pic.twitter.com/6e9qEthBwh
— Desert Honey’s Sweet Tees (@dhsweettees) March 7, 2023
The husband blames the man for approaching him aggressively and vows that he will go to jail (and even die) to protect his family.
“He approached me aggressively with my family. I will sit down in jail for you approaching my family. I will die for my family.
“That’s why I beat your ass!”
The passenger who recorded the video explained that the tattooed man “bumped into his wife by accident, and he started mouthing off.” He had already been punched 4-5 times before she began recording.
If it was just a bump, the man totally overreacted. If it was a deliberate bump, the man totally overreacted. You don’t respond to violence with more violence. Far from being the chivalrous husband, there is no indication his wife was in any danger and therefore his “tough” stance against the passenger is simply indefensible.
An angry husband attacked a man on a Southwest Airlines flight for bumping his wife. We cannot conclude based on the evidence before us (beyond the passenger witness) that the man accidentally bumped the woman…or did it deliberately. but it really does not matter. Freedom comes through self-control.
image: @dhsweettees / Twitter
Sounds like one of your readers here on LALF.
I thought getting rid of the mask mandate was going to solve all of this violence.. then again the elderly lady in red was wearing mask, so maybe that set him off
Hubby has a temper. He is overly protective and this might suggest he views his wife as personal property. A red flag for an abuser.
I think there’s little doubt that if he beats up a stranger that easily that he also beats his wife
What? I taught some lowlife once how to respect another man’s wife by planting the little greaseball on the pavement right there and then after he commented based on my wife’s ethnicity (she’s Korean) and then decided to square up to me afterwards. It was over in 10 seconds and my reaction was automatic and instant. I also forced him to apologize to my wife letting him know I’d beat him unconscious if he didn’t.
But what’s this: if you defend your wife you are more apt to beat her? Is that your excuse? Shameful. Sorry but sometimes you have to be a man.
Is her related to Will Smith????
Darn it! I hate when someone beats me to a punchline! (Oh, that’s a pun! Unintentional but I’m leaving it in!)
Attacks are only warranted under law when there’s an imminent and continuing dangers of harm. He threw punches after the guy was down and away from him.
How’s he going to protect his wife from prison or his grave?
I hope he is charged with assault and banned from flying. Can’t be trusted in a confined space with 160 other passengers.
See what Will Smith started?
No excuse for violence, ever, especially not on a plane. That said, one of the oddest things about flying is the complete abandonment of “personal space” during boarding and disembarking. Everyone is clustered together to claim space in the overhead or to be first in removing their bag while others huddle much too close to afford the hapless pax a few moments to stow or collect carry-ons. Maybe if we just gave each other a few moments we’d avoid these ridiculous altercations and bumping people while collecting our bags.