Two passengers aboard a Los Angeles-bound flight in Narita, Japan were filmed in a violent pre-flight altercation Monday night.
Ten minutes before take off a passenger has started a huge fight in his row. In footage of the fight posted on social media, airline staff and other passengers are seen trying to break up the two men.
For the record ANA staff and passengers handled the situation with grace and respect. They did the best they could to diffuse the situation.
— Corey Hour (@CoreyHour) May 2, 2017
According to Japan Today, the airline believes the American seen in the video was intoxicated and he was asked to leave the plane. He initially resisted and hit a female passenger. After being deplaned, the 44-year-old man allegedly tried to choke an ANA employee. He was arrested in Japan and has since been charged with assault.
The flight, which was already delayed due to local weather conditions, took off about an hour and 40 minutes behind schedule due to the altercation.