“That’s crazy. People
are crazy.” That was one fellow passenger’s understandable response to an
incident on a Southwest aircraft, where a woman reclined her seat and was
subsequently choked by the male passenger seated behind her.
It was a short flight
from LAX to SFO, but the pilot was forced to turn the plane around, in a
situation that is becoming all too familiar.
“Evidently we've got 2
passengers who are in a physical altercation so we need to get turned around
and get back to LAX," the pilot of the plane told Air Traffic Control
before landing safely at LAX.
WN would not confirm
that a choking incident was involved but said "flight #2010 from LAX to
SFO returned to Los Angeles to allow police access to the cabin because of a rapidly
escalating situation involving passengers who were not traveling
Witnesses said the
woman claimed the man sitting behind her tried to choke her because she
reclined her seat. FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said that a passenger was
detained for questioning after the plane returned to LAX, but despite the
massive cost and inconvenience to other pax, no arrests were made.
The remaining 136 pax
switched planes and were scheduled to arrive at SFO about 5 hours late,
according to WN.