Crying baby sparks brawl among women passengers on Hong Kong flight
A brawl between four women from mainland China on a Hong Kong-bound flight over a noisy baby almost forced the plane to return to Chongqing on Wednesday, according to reports.
The incident occurred only days after a group of mainland tourists were blacklisted by authorities for scalding a flight attendant with hot water and noodles on an AirAsia flight.
One of the women in the latest incident was lifted from her seat, with her head almost hitting the overhead luggage cabinet during the brawl, a picture published by the Beijing News on Wednesday showed.
The four, said to be middle-aged, were seated on two adjacent rows on Air China flight CA433, which left from Chongqing around 9am on Wednesday.
According to the report, when the plane reached about 7,500 metres altitude, two women became angry at the noise from a baby on the row behind them. They apparently retaliated by reclining their seats as far as possible.
An argument ensued and then a brawl started. The scuffle went on for a while before cabin crew stepped in, warning that the flight would return to Chongqing if they did not stop.
The crew alerted Hong Kong police after touching down at Chek Lap Kok airport around 10.20am.
The brawl was the latest in a string of aircraft dramas reported this week.
The story of a Chinese passenger pulling open a door to "get some fresh air" as the plane prepared for takeoff went viral earlier in the week, while at the weekend four Chinese tourists threw hot water and noodles at a AirAsia flight attendant in anger over their seating arrangement and a spat over a purchase receipt.
The Jiangsu Provincial Tourism Bureau said this week they had asked the provincial tourism association, an industry group, to blacklist the passengers who disrupted the AirAsia flight from Bangkok to Nanjing on Thursday.