It doesn’t take a very long flight for passengers to melt down and become violent these days. On Thursday morning Hawaiian Air flight 152 from Honolulu to Hilo a passenger attacked a flight attendant in what’s being described as “an unprovoked incident.” Oddly masks were not involved in the incident. The flight returned to the Honolulu airport where the passenger was removed from the aircraft, arrested, and charged with third degree assault.
Reportedly, “the passenger punched the attendant in the chest and back of the head while the attendant was walking through the cabin to pick up trash.” This is just a 218 mile flight. And everyone is in Hawaii. Chill out a little bit, maybe, and you’ll be off the aircraft soon?
That wasn’t even the only Hawaiian Airlines flight that had to return to Honolulu’s airport that same day due to an unruly passenger. Hawaiian Flight 22 to Seattle pushed back at 1:05 p.m. Two hours later a mask refusenik “caused a disturbance to other guests” and an off-duty pilot helped flight attendants subdue the passenger. The plane landed back in Honolulu at 5:53 p.m.
Fortunately no injuries were reported to the adult male passenger, the non-rev pilot, or the crew.
According to Hawaiian Airlines,
We apologize to our guests for the inconvenience and thank our crew members for keeping our guests safe during these unfortunate incidents. We have zero tolerance for disruptive and dangerous behavior in our cabins and have banned or denied boarding to 98 passengers so far this year.