The incident was filmed on a Thai Smile Airway flight service between Bangkok to Kolkata.
Mid-air altercations happen almost every day, but only a few are serious or bizarre enough to go viral on social media. A new clip doing the rounds shows a brawl breaking out between a bunch of Indian passengers on board a Thai Smile Airway.
Thai Smile Airway
The now-viral clip starts with 2 males arguing with each other while standing next to a flight attendant, who attempts to defuse the problem. The said quarreling soon turns serious as the men begin shoving and pointing at each other. One of them is heard telling ‘haath neeche car (lower your hand)’.
As the altercation turns physical a few moments later, all fellow travelers and crew members turn their attention to the 2 males. The man in the grey sweatshirt takes his glasses off and proceeds to rain slaps on the man in the black t-shirt, who just shields the attacks without fighting back.
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A few moments later, the passengers standing next to the male in the grey sweatshirt begin landing blows on the man in the black shirt. This goes on for several seconds even as fellow passengers and cabin crew urge the man in the gray sweatshirt to calm down. The brawl seems to end with an attendant intervening and separating the 2 males.
A senior official from India
Following the incident, a senior official from India was quoted as telling, “It’s a foreign registered Aircraft. We have no powers/oversight. Our laws do not apply to them. The state of registry (Thailand) has to take appropriate action:”
“We seriously decided that we bring shame to our country, feels bad seeing this behavior. I saw on various international flights our behavior is like we own the airline, and don’t care about rules and general manners. Must change our mindset,” wrote another.
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