Two Men Fight On ANA Flight, One Arrested After Allegedly Choking Flight Attendant
Two men were captured on video fighting aboard a stationary Japanese All Nippon Airways (ANA) flight to Los Angeles.
TWO MEN FIGHT ON ANA FLIGHT, ONE ARRESTED
The video was posted online just after the fight on Monday night and sees two men throwing punches at each other from their seats. One can be heard yelling, “Someone help, this guy is crazy!” in the footage as the staff attempted to break up the brawl.
One of the men walked away, just before running back and punching again. Fuji TV quoted police saying that an American passenger was drunk and acting unruly. An ANA spokesperson told Japan Today that a 44-year-old American was charged with assault after allegedly choking an ANA employee on the airplane.
“The flight attendants actually got caught up in the mix and that’s when the video ends as I put my phone down and I actually got in the middle of everyone and confronted him,” said Corey Hour, a fellow passenger aboard the plane.
One of the men involved in the fight, Ryan Humphreys, has spoken about the incident. He says he believed the guy he fought was an active or retired military member and he could see him rambling to other passengers and smothering the woman sitting next to him.
Here are Humphreys’ words on the matter:
“The guy in front of me – the guy in the red shirt – just starts rambling on. It sounded like he was talking to everybody. I’m looking around to see if anyone else is listening to this guy. Like no one is. He gets up out of his seat and he starts looking around. He turns around and looks at me and naturally I’m looking straight forward. I didn’t say anything to the guy, and he’s just like, ‘What are you looking at,’ you know, ‘I’ll kill you,’ blah blah blah. I’m just like, ‘Hey, it’s OK, it’s OK,’ and asked me if I lived in Vegas, so he has something to do with Vegas, I don’t know. The couple sits down next to the guy. It’s a three-seat row, he’s on the window, the girl is in the middle and then her husband or boyfriend. Next thing you know, he’s leaning over and he’s up all in the girl’s face and he’s rambling, kind of what he was doing with me. And he starts to get physical with the man. It looked like he was trying to choke him out with a headlock with his hands. He’s like smothering the woman because she’s in the middle. That’s when I intervened. He was either active military or a veteran. When his shirt got ripped I could see all his ink or whatever – I’m ex-Marine. I would guess he has PTSD or maybe off his meds. He didn’t strike me as being drunk.”
Humphreys is not pressing charges, but the man is being charged with assault for involving a flight attendant. See the video here.