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In-Flight Altercation Forces Emergency Landing of Las Vegas-Bound Aircraft
Mid-Air Altercation Leads to Unplanned Landing in Denver
A Philadelphia to Las Vegas Frontier Airlines flight was unexpectedly diverted to Denver on Tuesday night following a physical altercation between two female passengers. Startled witnesses on the flight revealed that the two women, who were traveling together, engaged in a heated argument accompanied by loud profanities. According to KLAS-TV/Las Vegas, the situation escalated when one of the women reportedly struck a male passenger near his head.
Attempts to Contain the Disruption
A witness disclosed that a flight attendant intervened multiple times to quell the altercation but was only successful in separating the women and relocating one to a different seat. However, even after being separated, the women persisted in exchanging expletives , prompting fellow passengers to admonish them. The witness informed the news station that the disturbance caused growing frustration among passengers, with some urging the disruptive pair to settle down so the flight could resume smoothly. In a video capturing the incident, a passenger can be heard saying, “Just get your s*** together so we can get home,” while another appeals for the women to “get some class.”
Unwelcome Reception at Denver Airport
As the aircraft landed at Denver International Airport, fellow passengers erupted in cheers as the two women were instructed to disembark the plane. Denver police officers were awaiting their arrival at the gate. One passenger was overheard cautioning the women about potential legal consequences, stating, “You’re gonna go to jail… who are you trying to impress?” It remains unclear whether either woman will face criminal charges, as causing a disturbance on an airplane is considered a federal offense.
The flight, designated as Flight 2143, initially departed Philadelphia at 10:30 p.m. ET and had been scheduled to reach Las Vegas at 10:30 p.m. PT. Despite the unexpected incident, Frontier Airlines managed to minimize the delay, with the flight arriving at its destination only one hour behind schedule.