During an apparent dispute between passengers over the overhead bins storage, a fight broke out that saw man grab a woman’s hair and drag her down the aisle of the airplane. The incident, some of which was caught on camera, caused the flight to be delayed for five hours.
A Tunisian Air flight destined for Tunis-Carthage International Airport was delayed for five hours on Saturday after a dispute among boarding passengers broke out. While details are a bit thin, it’s been reported that the dispute was related to the storage of luggage and belongings in the overhead bins.
The video picks up mid-incident and shows several passengers standing and yelling, and some pushing and shoving on the flight which originated from the Istanbul airport. At one point, a man reaches out and grabs a passenger by the back of her hair and violently pulls her backward, dragging her down the aisle for a brief moment as pandemonium ensues.
A Tunisian Air spokesperson Ghassan Ouji, offered this statement, “An investigation has been opened, and that the passengers, at the origin of the incident, could be the subject of prosecution.â€
Disagreements during the boarding process are not entirely uncommon as tempers can sometimes run hot as passengers attempt to stow their belongings. Hair pulling, showing, and outright violence, are, however, less common, although they have increased in frequency during the last few years.