It seems like Indians are climbing the ranks of notoriety when it comes to flying into a rage on flights, right behind some Americans. In the latest, a viral video shows passengers getting into a boxing match on a Thai Smile flight from Bangkok to Kolkata.
Take a look at the viral video:
बैंकॉक-भारत के बीच उड़ान भरने वाली Thai Smile Airway की फ्लाइट में यात्रियों के बीच हुई भिड़ंत।— Kaushik Kanthecha (@Kaushikdd) December 28, 2022
"फलाइट में फाइट"
यात्रियों के बीच मारपीट, वीडियो वायरल, विडियो कबका है उसकी पुष्टि नही हो पाई। pic.twitter.com/V1jAikIQS7
In the video, one of the passengers can be heard saying "haath neeche kar" or "put your hands down" as the argument gets heated. The shouting match then swiftly turns into one of them hitting and slapping the other. A few more passengers are also seen joining the "haath neeche kar" passenger in trading blows to the man standing by his seat.
On the other hand, a flight attendant is seen unsuccessfully trying to pacify the passengers as the remaining fliers look on. Another flight attendant is heard making an announcement asking the passengers to sit down.
Passenger account of what happened: According to an anonymous passenger who was on the flight, the brawl took place on December 26 when the plane was heading to the runway for takeoff in Bangkok.
The reason for the fight: According to TOI, the fight broke out over reclining seat when the flight was taxiing to the runway for take off.
What authorities are saying: So far, Thai Smile has not made any statement on the incident. DailyO has reached out to Thai Smile airlines for a comment, and this article will be updated when we receive their response.
Getting into a fight or having your fellow passengers get into a fight in a little cylinder that is about to get airborne is a serious security issue. If the situation is to get out of hand or happens again when the flight is mid-air, it can be dangerous for the safety of hundreds of passengers. It is no doubt that a flight is the last place anyone should be getting into a fight.
Video goes viral on social media: The video of the scuffle is going viral on social media, with users condemning the uncouth behaviour of the passengers.
Thai Smile airway needs to proactively identify these goons and @DGCAIndia @JM_Scindia need to go out of the way to make an example out of these people so that no Indian ever dares to do this again on an aircraft or inside an airport.— हिंदुस्तानी - HINDUstani (@coolfiredeep) December 29, 2022
* petition to have bouncers on all flights to & from india *#thaismile https://t.co/Cm4pBZKbdm— Ananya Bhattacharya (@ananya116) December 28, 2022
We seriously decided that we bring shame to our country, feels bad seeing this behaviour. I personally noticed in various international flight our behaviour is like we owns the airline, don’t care about rules and general manners. Need to change our mindset.— LSY (@LalitSi37718636) December 28, 2022
Recently, a video of a shouting match between a flight attendant and a passenger on an IndiGo flight went viral. The passenger was accused of misbehaving throughout the flight with the attendants and even referring to them as "servants".
IndiGo and DGCA both said that they are investigating what happened.