A video of Indian passengers fighting and beating each other on an international flight is making rounds on social media. The video shows a group of enraged passengers beating and slapping another passenger on the flight.
According to the reports, the fight started after one passenger refused to straighten up the reclined seat during take-off. The plane’s crew tried to stop the fight but to no avail. The flight was heading to India from Bangkok on a Thai Airline flight. Social media users demand that passengers be put on the no-fly list as a punishment.
In a statement on the incident, the airline said, “THAI Smile Airways feels sorry for this. We reaffirm that the incident has been taken care of as we followed the flight safety procedures in accordance with international standards. Our flight crews have already provided support to the persons affected by an incident.”
The video shows fight started with a verbal argument with one man asking another to put his hand down. The argument quickly escalated into a physical fight.
There is tremendous amount of pentup anger & frustration in the society.
The wish to dominate, not give space, less civility, all visible in mob violence, lynching incidents. No moral compass, forcing minors to raise certain slogans but anchors twist as if all justified (sic).
— Shams Ur Rehman Alavi شمس (@indscribe) December 30, 2022
In another incident, an Indian passenger was seen arguing with the flight attendant on a flight from Istanbul to Delhi.
In a response to the earlier incident, IndiGo Airlines said that “We are looking into the incident and would like to assure you that customers’ comfort has always been our top priority.”
Reacting to the incident, Indian professor Ashok Swain said: “When you promote mob Justice inside the country, it goes global! This guy is being beaten up by a group because he refused to straighten up his reclined seat before the takeoff.”
One of the Indian journalists said, “There is a tremendous amount of pent-up anger & frustration in the society. The wish to dominate, not give space, and less civility, are all visible in mob violence, and lynching incidents. No moral compass, forcing minors to raise certain slogans but anchors twist as if all justified (sic).”