30-Minute Brawl Breaks Out at 30K Feet

12 British vacationers involved in "vicious" fight
By Tim Karan,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2011 5:46 PM CDT

(Newser) – Apparently, there's a Mile-High Fight Club, too. A half-hour brawl broke out among as many as 12 British vacationers aboard a Virgin flight from England to Barbados, reports the Daily Mail. The passengers—dressed for "a special occasion" and believed to have been intoxicated—had to be separated by other fliers and crew. A witness says the trouble started about halfway through the eight-hour flight, as a woman apparently took offense to another passenger's use of profanity.

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"A woman shouted, 'You swore in front of my child,'" says a witness. "She said it about six times, each louder than the last one. She said, 'And it's my birthday.' Before I knew it they were throwing punches and jumping on each other. It was vicious. It was frightening. There were punches going off in all directions." It took 30 minutes to get things under control, after which all passengers were ordered to stay in their seats for the remainder of the flight—with bathroom breaks after two hours. Police greeted the brawlers, one of whom reportedly had a black eye, upon arrival in Barbados. (Sadly, this isn't the first airline brawl in recent days...)

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