Wild airport brawl breaks out as passengers 'fight for seats'

Nick Whigham
·Assistant News Editor
·2-min read

Police in the US have made at least one arrest after a wild airport brawl was captured on camera. 

As passengers waited at the terminal gates at Miami International Airport on Sunday (local time), a fight broke out between travellers who were reportedly vying for "standby" seats on a plane. 

Miami-based documentary filmmaker Billy Corben posted a video of the melee on social media, showing several men and women punching and kicking fellow travellers as other passengers watched on in horror.

The brawl at Miami airport over standby seats. Source: Twitter/Tommy in Hialeah
The brawl broke out between two groups of warring passengers. Source: Twitter/Tommy in Hialeah

The clip lasts for more than 90 seconds during which onlookers call for security and yell for those involved to stop.

"Stop it! You're going to f***ing kill him," a person can be heard yelling at one point as a man is repeatedly punched on the ground.

In a separate video posted online, a nearby man in a pilot uniform can be seen casually filming the brawl on his phone in the background.  

On Tuesday, Mr Corben shared the arrest affidavit from Miami police of a man involved in the fight. 

The "incident began after gate agent told defendants there weren't enough standby seats on flight to Chicago; victims declined to pursue further charges", he said. 

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Illinois resident Jameel Tremain Decquir, 20, was arrested for disorderly conduct, the report showed.

According to the affidavit, the flight attendant told both groups there were only three standby seats available and gave them the option of leaving one person behind, or taking another flight all together. 

"For undetermined reasons the defendants and co-defendants began a physical fight," the affidavit said.

NBC Miami reported police were also looking for three other men believed to be involved in the fight. 

The clip – one of many online – has been watched more than 4.2 million times on Twitter. 

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