Flying has always been a crappy experience. Unless you are ballin’ hard enough to sit first class… you are definitely in a less than comfortable situation. From fat people who take up about 40% of your allotted room to people dropping deuces in that very tiny bathroom in a poorly vented airplane–flight has been anything but miraculous. People are irritable and sometimes disagreements can happen in the air. That’s what happened here… except that two angry and childish travelers prompted the government to scramble jets.
Apparently, at some point during a flight this past Sunday a passenger wanted to get a little more comfortable and reclined his seat. The problem was that this guy hadn’t yet mastered the demon trickster that is reclining an airplane seat. He went at it with too much strength and ended up reclining right into the genitals of the gentleman seated behind him. This prompted the men to reach way back to our feral roots and start a fight. The United Airlines flight to Ghana from Dulles International Airport turned into a pay per view MMA fight.
The chaos was so strong that it actually prompted the pilot to turn around the plane faster than an angry dad on a summer vacation. The controller instructed the pilot to burn off a bunch of fuel for 25 minutes while fighter jets shadowed the plane. The lesson we can walk away with from this one is to always be careful when reclining your airplane seat… and be careful with the reproductive organs of complete strangers that may be traveling with you.
[Source: Washington Post]