A British plane passenger was caught in shocking video throwing a punch at a fellow flyer in an apparent racially charged incident, according to a report.
In the expletive-laden footage, the man erupts in fury and throws a punch as he lunges over a seat after a woman can be heard saying, ‘I am African. Do not chat sh*t about my people,” The Sunreported.
Other passengers claimed the woman was defending a friend who the passenger had racially abused earlier on the flight from London to Antalya, Turkey, on Tuesday, the New York Post reported.
In the video, a flight attendant is heard ordering everyone to return to their seats during the fracas before another airline employee escorts the attacker – who wasn’t wearing a mask – off the plane at the destination.
He is then seen on video sitting in the terminal surrounded by police.
“Approximately two hours into the flight from Gatwick, most of the flight were disturbed by a commotion at the back of the plane,” a passenger told The Sun.
“It was clearly two grown men coming to blows and prolific use of the ‘C’ word from one of them.”
Tempers flared again an hour after the two were separated, when the man asked to get some cash from the back of the plane and attacked his initial victim, according to The Sun.
“We find out from the airline staff that the son of the instigator had thrown a paper plane in the direction of the first victim which he then screwed up and threw away, prompting the violent outburst,” the passenger said.
“Another hour passes and we are about to land when all hell breaks loose again,” the passenger said. “Absolutely no idea what prompted this but it was racial abuse of the most vile kind directed at one woman of colour.
“A second woman of colour verbally defends her friend only to be met with the same torrent of abuse which escalated into the violent assault that you see in the video,” the passenger said.
An easyJet rep told The Sun that the passenger was removed for “disruptive behaviour”.
“While such incidents are rare, we take them very seriously, and do not tolerate abusive or threatening behaviour on board,” the spokesperson said.
This article originally appeared on the New York Post and has been republished with permission