Footage has emerged of the moment a man entered into a fistfight with another passenger on an All Nippon Airways (ANA) flight from Japan to the USA.
The man, who Japanese media reported to be drunk, was arrested after the incident, which took place as the plane was on the runway at Narita International Airport on Monday May 1.
He is also said to have choked one of the airline’s employees and a witness wrote that he yelled: “You think I’m crazy? What about the government!”
He yells, “You think I'm crazy? What about the government!” Then exits the plane. 1.5 hours later and we finally take off. 😴 jfc— Corey Hour (@CoreyHour) May 1, 2017
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
The video of the 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.
The incident came after last month’s viral video of 69-year-old passenger David Dao being dragged from a United Airlines flight at Chicago after he refused to give up his seat to make room for crew members.
A separate passenger video recorded on an American Airlines 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.