Now, if this had been black passengers – Faux News would have headlined it as a riot…
Up to 12 British holiday-makers are being questioned by police in Barbados after a ‘vicious’ brawl broke out at 30,000ft on a flight to the Caribbean island.
The passengers, who are thought to have been drinking, had to be split up by fellow travellers and the Virgin flight’s crew.
At least one man ended up with a black eye and a woman had her arm in a sling following the half-hour bout of violence on the flight from Gatwick.
They were dressed up and witnesses said they seemed to be heading out for ‘a special occasion’.
One passenger said problems began about halfway into the eight-hour flight, when one woman had an issue with another traveller.
Elsa Brandford, 70, said: ‘It was unbelievable, it was like something out of a movie.
‘I was looking at it and wondering if I was still watching my in-flight movie.
‘A woman shouted ”You swore in front of my child”. She said it about six times, each time louder than the last one. She said ”And it’s my birthday”.
‘I couldn’t hear what the other person said but I heard more and more voices getting involved.
‘There was about five minutes of shouting while people gathered around and before I knew it they were throwing punches and jumping on each other.
‘Most of the people involved were sitting in that area and just standing on their seats while throwing punches.
‘It was vicious. It was frightening. There were punches going off in all directions. I never expected to see something like that.
‘But as it went on people came round to try to split them up and about half an hour later they had it under control.’
She said all passengers were ordered to remain in their seats for the rest of the flight, with bathroom breaks being allowed after two hours.
Police said their investigation was on going and they were still interviewing suspects and airline staff.
They confirmed about ‘ten to 12’ passengers, all thought to be British, had taken part in a ‘reported fight’ but could not provide any more information.