Well, it’s nice to see that some things never change. A bloody fight broke out on a Spirit Airlines flight last week that ultimately led to a diversion. We’ve certainly missed those stories lately. But how about the flight attendant reaction? That’s the real story here.
Bloody Brawl Breaks Out On Spirit Airlines Flight To Detroit
A man was trying to sleep. People around him were being loud (welcome to Spirit Airlines). He got angry. He told the people around him to shut up. He also told the flight attendants they were being too loud. Another passenger took offense to the correction.
Words quickly escalated to fists and a bloody fight broke out, with blood spattering over seats and other passengers retreating for cover.
Flight attendants just stood back and watched (more on that below) but when pilots caught wind of the incident, the flight diverted to Des Moines.
When the two men realized the flight was diverting, both rushed to the rear of the aircraft…but it wasn’t to continue their fight, it was to change clothes. Did they really hope to hide?
Interestingly, no arrests were made on the ground:
Des Moines Police Department Sergeant Paul Parizek explained to KETV:
“We did not arrest anyone. Pretty unique situation. It was determined that the incident took place over Nebraska, so DMPD has no jurisdiction. At the crew’s request, we escorted one passenger off the plane, and it continued on to Detroit. He was free to go.”
Once passenger never even left the aircraft. The other was escorted off. The flight took off again without the blood being cleaned, with one passenger noting:
“We sat there for two hours, everyone sucking everyone’s coronavirus.”
Flight Attendant Reaction…Reasonable?
What most caught my attention was the action of the flight attendants. They just stood back and gawked, reportedly telling passengers “we are not paid enough” to break up fights.
My first reaction was to chuckle and nod in approval, but that’s actually not a satisfying answer. Flight attendants often remind us they are present primarily for our safety and if this isn’t an issue of safety, I don’t know what is.
It’s one thing to avoid stepping into the middle of two men throwing punches at each other with blood spattering everyone. But how about yelling at them to stop instead of just standing back with popcorn?
My first Spirit Airlines flights was from Los Angeles to Detroit in 2004. It was the same redeye flight that was impacted in this story. Look, I know traveling can be very stressful and I empathize with the man who expected peace and quiet on a short overnight flight. But this is Spirit Airlines, after all. A word to the wise: avoid confronting your seatmate. Because if a flight breaks out, you are on your own…
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