- A TikTok showing an unruly United Airlines passenger on a flight to Los Angeles went viral this week.
- The video shows a man threatening staff and other passengers after refusing to pick up the phone and put on his mask.
- The video is one incident in a larger trend of uncontrollable customers on flights.
A TikTok video showing the explosion of an unruly, maskless United Airlines passenger after being asked to turn off his phone has become the latest viral post in a growing trend of messy travelers.
The video shows an unidentified man ripping off his mask and yelling at other passengers while threatening to find the personal information of the flight crew. The incident occurred on a flight to Los Angeles when the man allegedly refused to turn off his cell phone before the flight, according to Travel Noire.
When another passenger attempted to intervene to help calm the man, the video shows the man without a mask saying “mind your own business, because I’m going to break your neck.” Police later arrived at the scene to escort the man off the flight.
The original video, posted by user @starcadearcade, has over 6.4 million views on the platform and is one of a handful of recent viral videos. Two more videos of the incident were also posted, collectively garnering nearly 4 million views on TikTok.
Federal law currently requires all passengers to wear a face mask that fully covers their mouth and nose throughout the flight to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Passengers who fail to follow these protocols “may be refused carriage, be subject to fines and could also lose their travel privileges on future United flights,” according to United’s website.
United Airlines did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
In recent months, airline crew members have reported a growing number of disruptive incidents, including travelers hitting, yelling and pushing staff members. Several of those moments were captured on video and streamed online, sparking wider conversations about travel safety and COVID-19 precautions.
Last month, Hawaiian Airlines had to hijack two flights over a 12-hour period after one customer assaulted a flight attendant and another refused to wear a mask, Insider reported. On a JetBlue flight in September, a passenger strangled a flight attendant with her tie and begged to be shot.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, there have been nearly 4,000 reports of unruly behavior and more than 2,800 cases of passengers refusing to wear masks in 2021. In a statement released in August, the organization said it proposed more ‘a million dollars in fines against passengers. This year.
Employees of the Transportation Security Administration previously told Insider that the increase in the number of messy air passengers prompted them to quit their jobs.
“Me and a lot of my colleagues have really always felt like the bastard children of the federal government,” Baltimore screening officer Nicole Guadiano told Insider, who asked to remain anonymous for fear. to compromise his work. “For many, many of us, it’s really like, okay, a day closer to retirement.”