We all have co-workers who rub us the wrong way. But whereas when we get into a tiff with someone we work with, we can go back to our desk, or have a smoke, or hell just call it a day, flight attendants do not have that luxury.
Nah. They’re stuck with that person for the duration of however long the flight is, locked in a 20-feet wide metal tube.
Which is why I can’t blame two flight attendants who got in a fist fight while working a Los Angeles to Minneapolis trek.
The fisticuffs occurred on January 22nd and the incident was bad enough for the captain to land the flight immediately, in Salt Lake City, according to The Aviation Herald:
A passenger reported that three cabin crew were sent off due to “bad behaviour”. The airline subsequently sent a letter of apology stating: “… some of our team members did not display their best behavior. We expect our flight crew to be nothing but courteous and professional at all times and what you experienced was far from that. I am sorry we didn’t deliver on our brand promise for you today.”
The aircraft remained on the ground for about 80 minutes, then continued the flight reaching Minneapolis with a delay of 75 minutes.
On Jan 28th 2016 The Aviation Herald learned that two flight attendants disagreeing over work issues engaged in a fist fight, a third lady trying to calm the other two down was hit by the flying fists, the purser informed the flight deck and the captain decided to divert.
Imagine watching that. I know that couldn’t cause the plane to crash, but it still feels … unsafe. Like they could knock out a window or something. I would be scared.
Delta issued a statement on the incident to The Washington Post:
“Delta apologizes to those customers who were inconvenienced after flight 2598 from Los Angeles to Minneapolis-St. Paul made an unscheduled stop in Salt Lake City following an altercation involving two flight attendants on board,” the statement said. “The actions of these crew members in no way reflect the values and professionalism we expect from all of our employees.”
The statement added that the company provided a letter to customers who were on the flight, to “apologize for any inconvenience this situation may have caused.”
No word, though, on who won.