A fight broke out on an Air China flight from Chongqing to Hong Kong on December 18th – over a crying baby.
The Daily Mail reported two women complained to a third woman that her baby was making too much noise, demanding that it stop. The mom and the two women exchanged words, which lead to the two women reclining their seats all the way back in retaliation. That was when the mom had enough.
"She started shouting back at them and before I knew what was happening she leant over the seat and punched one of them," a passenger told The Daily Mail. "They then started hitting her and all hell broke loose."
The picture below (Photo Credit: Crying Baby Leads to Mid-Air Brawl), originally posted to Twitter by Voice of America correspondent Steve Herman, shows a woman, presumably the mother, in mid-air, attempting a flying kick.
Says the witness: “They were fighting, the baby was now screaming and other passengers were shouting. It was like some bizarre film.”
The plane managed to land in Hong Kong on time and the police reportedly interviewed the combatants.
Unfortunately for commercial airlines, arguments over reclining seats have caused several disruptions as of late. In fact, some scenes were so chaotic that it resulted in flight diversions and arrests according to an article in USA Today.
The first fight, which occurred on a United Airlines flight from Newark, N.J. to Denver, had to be diverted to Chicago after a passenger couldn’t recline her seat. The flier behind her used the “Knee Defender” device to lock her seat in an upright position. Video of how to use this product can be seen in the 20 second clip below. This device has been causing headaches (and leg cramps), but even so, the FAA has not yet prohibited its use.
Leg room and crying babies aren’t the only complaints being lodged though.
The list of consumer criticism includes airline reliability and baggage issues, as well as reservation, ticketing, and boarding hassles, and it certainly doesn’t stop there.
CNN’s list of the “Top 20 most annoying things people do on planes” includes scenarios such as a neighbor with compulsive leg-shaking, people boarding before their group number is called, others getting huffy when a passenger needs to leave their seat, and someone scarfing smelly food.
Fortunately, there is a solution to escape the hassles of commercial airlines: flying privately.
With the PlaneSense® fractional aircraft program, many of the largest points of criticism become moot. Here’s how:
Reliability: The PlaneSense® fractional aircraft program has year round flight availability with as little as 8 hours’ notice*. Book your trip and fly almost anywhere you want to, when you want to. You don’t have to abide by the airlines’ schedules; you can create your own!
Baggage/Space: The luxurious cabin boasts plenty of feet and head room, has a large cargo door, and allows in-flight access to baggage, ensuring you and your items have enough room, and that your items are not lost.
Reservations: Representatives are available 24/7/365 for scheduling and booking. The PlaneSense® fleet can access up to four times as many airports as similarly sized jets, and can land in 2,000 feet.
Boarding: Skip baggage and ticketing hassles, avoid long check-in lines, and steer clear of crowded seating areas.
Passengers: 6-passengers fit comfortably on the PlaneSense fleet. Best of all, you get to pick who you fly with! Choose wisely and avoid the annoyances caused by strangers.
As far as customer service goes, fractional aircraft ownership in the PlaneSense® program reaches far beyond the accessibility of convenient travel. The entire PlaneSense® team strives to exceed expectations in every way imaginable, on every single flight.
Find out how a share in the PlaneSense® fractional ownership program combines freedom of movement with peace of mind.
*Flight booking notice requirements are based on share size and destination.