A video recorded on an All Nippon Airways flight Monday captured the moment a fistfight broke out between two passengers on board an 11-hour flight from Tokyo, Japan, to Los Angeles. The video was posted online after the fight at Narita International Airport.
Witnesses said the man in the red shirt seen in the video instigated a fight with another man on the flight sitting in the row behind him.
“No one provoked him — he was cool up until a few minutes before he started hitting the guy,” passenger Corey Hour told CNN. “He started verbally abusing and intimidating people. Nothing triggered him, it just happened.”
Prior to the plane taking off, the man in the red shirt turned around and told a passenger in the gray shirt that he was “going to kill him,” Hour said.
“Someone help!” the man in the gray shirt yells. “This guy is crazy!”
Passengers sat in shock as the two passengers began fighting. Flight attendants attempted to break up the fight and a baby can be heard in the background crying.
The man in the red shirt is eventually moved to the front of the plane but returns to begin fighting again after shouting out something about “America.”
“Did he just yell ‘America?’” a passenger can be heard asking.
A flight attendant tried to intervene, but when it became dangerous for others, that is when Corey Hour intervened.
“It was intense, and we had to step in,” Hour told The Washington Post.
“You think I’m crazy? What about the government!” Hour recalled the man in the red shirt saying.
“He was actually predominantly talking about the government and corruption, but he wasn’t specifying which government,” Hour said.
The man was then escorted off the plane, Hour said.
After leaving the plane, the man allegedly choked a male All Nippon Airways employee, Japan Today reported.
In a statement, ANA apologized to the passengers for the incident and said that the man in the red shirt was arrested and did not fly.