The Straits Times
www.straitstimes.com
Published on Sep 04, 2012
 

Swiss sky scuffle caused by seat-back altercation: Media

 
 

GENEVA (AFP) - A mid-air brawl between two passengers on a flight from Zurich to Beijing was caused by an altercation over the position of a passenger's seat back, a Swiss-German tabloid reported on Tuesday.

A flier aboard Sunday's Swiss airline flight - a 57-year-old Chinese man who was reportedly tipsy - felt disturbed during his meal when the passenger in front of him reclined his chair, the newspaper Blick reported after speaking to a tourist guide who was on the flight.

Blick has reported that the chair-reclining man is also a Chinese citizen, aged 27. "The older of the two felt disturbed during his dinner. When the younger did not respond to his protests, he hit him on the head with the flat of his hand. It was a real slap," said the guide, Ms Valerie Sprenger.

A fight then broke out between the two men, who rolled in the plane's aisle. A crew member and a well-muscled passenger restrained the aggressor, bound his hands and placed him at the back of the plane, where he shouted for an hour, the newspaper said.