Turbulence before take-off as plane rage
in Japan caught on video
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[May 03, 2017]
TOKYO (Reuters) - An American has
been detained in Tokyo for allegedly assaulting an airline employee
after a fight on a plane bound for Los Angeles, police said on
Wednesday, in the latest bout of plane rage to go viral on social media.
All Nippon Airways Flight 6 was waiting to take off from Narita airport
on Monday when the fight broke out, media said.
An airport police officer, who declined to be identified, said the
suspect, an American in his 40s, was being held on suspicion of injuring
an ANA employee.
The video of the onboard altercation was attributed to Corey Hour, a
Phoenix-based videographer sitting a few rows behind the suspect. It
showed a man clad in a red-patterned shirt punching another man and then
evading a female flight attendant who attempted to calm him.
Media said the man also assaulted a gate agent when leaving the plane.
"ANA staff and passengers handled the situation with grace and respect.
They did the best they could to defuse the situation," Hour said in an
unverified tweet on Monday.
ANA, operated by ANA Holdings Inc. <9202.T>, could not be immediately
reached for comment.
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All Nippon Airways' (ANA) planes are seen at Haneda airport in Tokyo
February 14, 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino
The incident came after last month's viral video of 69-year-old
passenger David Dao being dragged from a United Airlines <UAL.N>
flight at Chicago after he refused to give up his seat to make room
for crew members.
A separate passenger video on an American Airlines <AAL.O> flight
last month showed showing a woman on a plane in tears holding a
child in her arms and another at her side after an encounter with a
flight attendant over a baby stroller.
(Reporting by Lisa Twaronite; Editing by Nick Macfie)
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