A Southwest Airlines flight bound for San Francisco returned to Los Angeles on Oct. 18 after an unidentified man allegedly choked a woman in the seat in front of him for reclining her seat (video below).
Comedian and passenger Mark Curry told NBC Bay Area that the alleged female victim was frantic, and that he was asked to help place restraints on the man.
Southwest spokeswoman Melissa Ford told USA TODAY in a statement:
The pilot in command of Southwest flight #2010 from LAX to San Francisco International airport returned to Los Angeles to allow police access to the cabin because of a rapidly escalating situation involving passengers who were not traveling together.
To receive priority handling from air traffic controllers, the Captain declared an emergency, landed uneventfully, and reached a gate where law enforcement officers met the flight.Our Crew members are trained to ensure the safe operation of every flight we operate. Our initial information is that flight attendants swiftly coordinated with pilots on the flight deck to get the aircraft on the ground safely and quickly after a physical altercation by one passenger against another.
A FBI spokeswoman, Laura Eimiller, said that a passenger was detained and questioned, but no one was arrested, notes NBC News.