A fight broke out in a Southwest Airlines plane that had just arrived from Dallas at Hollywood Burbank Airport Sunday morning.
This time, airline staff were not involved.
Flight 2530 was on a stopover in Burbank before it headed to Oakland. Two men began fighting as the plane taxied to the gate so passengers who were not going to Oakland could deplane.
How the altercation began is not clear, police said.
During a verbal exchange, the suspect assaulted the other passenger, and the alleged victim sustained a contusion to his left eye, a laceration to his nose and a chipped tooth, ABC reports:
The alleged victim performed a citizen’s arrest on the suspect before airport police moved in and arrested the man for assault and battery, police said. The suspect was then handed over to Burbank police.
The suspect was identified as 37-year-old Chaze Cable, a resident of Lancaster, California. The Burbank City Attorney charged Cable with two counts of misdemeanor battery, which carries a maximum punishment of 180 days in jail per count, said Denny Wei, a senior assistant city attorney with the Burbank City Attorney’s Office.
A video posted to Twitter shows two men fighting as a woman tries to restrain one.
The pair then move to another row of seats and one of the men is seen repeatedly hitting the other before multiple passengers step in to break them apart.
Southwest Airlines expressed gratitude to their employees for reacting quickly and keeping the incident from getting worse. “Our employees are our everyday heroes and are trained to de-escalate conflict while delivering heartfelt hospitality on nearly 4,000 flights to nearly the half-million customers who fly Southwest every day,” the airline said in a statement.
“We’re grateful to our employees who quickly reacted to break up a fight involving three customers,” a Southwest Airlines spokeswoman said. “Our employees are our everyday heroes and are trained to de-escalate conflict while delivering heartfelt hospitality.”
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