Monday 20 November 2017

Woman 'choked' by fellow air passenger for reclining her seat

Southwest Airlines confirmed that an
Southwest Airlines confirmed that an "escalating situation" occur on the flight Credit: Southwest Airlines

David Kearns

A US flight was forced to make an emergency landing after a woman was allegedly choked by a man because she reclined her seat.

A Southwest Airlines flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco was forced to turn around  after airline staff were forced to pull a passenger off a woman when “began calmly choking her” after she lay back in her seat.

A passenger on the flight posted a photo of the scene on Instagram but this has since been removed.

“A man strangled a woman because she tilted her seat back," she wrote in German according to the site Mashable.

“The man started choking her. She shouted for help and the crew came to see what happened. The man stayed very calm during the whole situation,” the passenger later told NBC News.

Audio transmission of the pilot talking, obtained by the news channel, also confirms that some type of incident occurred during the flight.

"Evidently, we’ve got two passengers who are in a physical altercation, so we need to get turned around back to LAX," the pilot is heard saying.

"An individual was detained for questioning following the return of a SW aircraft to LAX based on allegations of an assault involving a fellow passenger,” an FBI spokeswoman said.

Adding: “No arrest has been made at this time and the investigation is continuing.”

The plane was back at Los Angeles airport after about 13 minutes after left, Southwest Airlines said in a statement.

"Because of a rapidly escalating situation involving passengers who were not traveling together.”

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