Two people turned a United Airlines plane bound for Ghana into a boxing arena after a fistfight in the cabin. You can read more about how the ‘bout’ started (and who won it). It was not stated whether any of the passengers was from Ghana.
I have attached some of the comments people made about Ghana (from Yahoo and New York Daily News) under the same article. Many people don’t even know the location of Ghana.
The skies weren’t so friendly for two brawling passengers on a United Airlines flight.
Air Force fighter jets were scrambled and the Ghana-bound plane returned to Dulles International Airport after the Sunday night fight aboard United Flight 990.
The cause of the punch-up shortly after takeoff: A seat reclined too far into the personal space of a fellow passenger, according to The Washington Post.
The flier in the offending seat was smacked in the head over his travel transgression, setting off a fistfight between the two, the Post said.
The pilot opted to take the 10:44 p.m. flight, with its 144 passengers, back to Dulles rather than continue with the 11-hour trip to Accra, Ghana.
At one point, the pilot informed the tower of his plans – and was asked if the main combatant was under control.
“Negative,” the pilot says calmly. “The passenger is not secured at this time. The passenger has settled down though, but an assault has taken place. But at this time he is not secured.”
The report of the mid-air assault led federal officials to send a pair of F-16 fighter jets to escort the United flight back to the airport in suburban Virginia.
“They were just following typical procedures when you have disturbances,” said U.S. Navy Lt. Commander William Lewis, spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command.
Police greeted the battling passengers when they arrived back to Dulles shortly after midnight. Neither passenger was injured, and no arrests were made.
All the passengers eventually left Monday morning on their trip for Africa.
Click here to read some of the comments people made about Ghana
Source: New York Times