Massive Brawl Erupts On Plane After Women Refuse To Turn Music Down
Jay Dawson June 12th 2017 Entertainment
Airplane travel, for all its annoyances and queues, is meant to be a nice, relaxing experience. What's better than sitting back and having nothing to do but watch movies for a couple of hours? This flight, though, was far from enjoyable. Without any warning, this flight turned from a calm cruise over the States into a massive fistfight. It turned from heaven to hell. You'll never believe what started it...
"A Mutual Combat Situation"
When airport police were called to assist in the disembarkation of a flight in LAX, they had no idea what they were about to witness. The scene inside the plane was absolute carnage, and if it wasn't for the flight attendants pointing out the culprits, they were just about ready to arrest the entire plane. In the end, they dragged five women off the flight. And the story they told shocked them beyond belief...
It was a standard, run-of-the-mill flight up until about ten minutes before landing. The cabin was peaceful, except for two passengers who had started playing music from a boom box a little too loudly. The plane was landing, and it had been a long flight, and everybody was starting to get annoyed by these music-loving ladies. But when other passengers asked them to turn it off, it triggered the unthinkable - what police would describe as "a mutual combat situation". In other words, a huge brawl.
Who Was Involved?
At the center of the storm were the five women. Neither the authorities nor the airline involved have released the details of the passengers involved in the flight, so we can't go into their backgrounds or names. What we do know is that there were five women involved in the scuffle to begin with, although in an environment as small as an airplane cabin, there was no way this wouldn't spiral out of control.
Two women were playing the music over their boom box (how were they allowed with that on board, anyway?), and several other passengers asked them to turn it down. As you'll see in the following video, the ladies with the music decided to get a bit more annoying. They started waving the boom box around in the air, precisely as if they just didn't care. Three other women decided to approach the two and ask them a little more physically to turn it off. That's when it became the story of ten fists...
The Flight In Question
There's something about a long flight that just gets tempers flaring, and this one was no different. Spirit Airlines flight 141 was going from Baltimore to Los Angeles when this free-for-all broke out, and that flight is a good five and a half hours. Five and a half hours of listening to babies cry uncontrollably, that old guy next to you fart in his sleep, and a six-year-old kicking the back of your seat.
Not to mention the complete lack of in-flight entertainment, having to take out a second mortgage to pay for the snacks, being so cramped that your knees are up around your ears, and you accidentally left the latest Paula Hawkins in your checked baggage. You're ready to burst, and then someone starts blasting Bieber as loud as they can. What else are you going to do but explode into rage?
One Too Many Drinks
There is a bit of speculation that the women playing the music might have one too many drinks. And to be honest, you would need a few stiff ones under your belt before you became such a jerk that you punched a flight attendant in the face. Twice. But until more details come out, speculation is all it is. The other thing is, of course, that based on Spirit's astronomical prices for in-flight food and drinks, you'd have to have a couple thousand dollars on hand before you got even close to being drunk.
Whatever happened, it makes a certain amount of sense that the ladies involved in the fracas were intoxicated. It fits with the scene that unfurled. Statistically, alcohol plays a large part in violent crime: about 40% of inmates incarcerated for such crimes were under the influence of alcohol when they were arrested.
The History Of Spirit Airlines
Spirit Airlines is one of those low-cost carriers that seems to have come out of nowhere and ripped everything that's good out of a flight in the name of "savings". It's not a very popular airline, with a rating of 3 out of 10 on Skytrax, but it keeps on making money and attracting passengers thanks to its ridiculously low fares. People can't help themselves if it's a bargain.
But Spirit is no flash-in-the-pan airline - this carrier has been around in one form or another for over half a century. It was started in 1964 as a trucking company called Clipper, before eventually making the jump to holiday charter flights in 1980. Since then, it's been rebranded a few times, finally settling on the current image, which is to make the passenger pay separately for literally everything, then make it all okay with a "clever" and "funny" ad campaign.
As much as United and JetBlue have been copping flak for their recent on-plane incidents, Spirit doesn't have such a squeaky-clean image, either. We all remember the giant brawl (yep, another one) that erupted last month when a handful of late-night flights were canceled in Fort Lauderdale. That's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to non-communication and non-compensation, and the passenger fury that results.
Over the past few months, Spirit's fleet has been plagued by awful mystery odors wafting through their cabins, forcing three separate flights to deploy their oxygen masks and divert to land at other airports. Then there was an incident only a few years ago, when an old, blind, French man went nuts, lashing out at passengers and crew en route to Fort Lauderdale. That flight, too, had to be diverted.
Still As Safe As Ever
Despite all the badness that goes down - and airlines really are copping a bad rap these days - air travel is still the safest way to go. Maybe not for your sanity, but at the very least for staying alive and injury-free. In terms of both fatalities and injuries, it certainly beats driving. In fact, your chance of dying in a car or traffic accident, every time you leave your driveway, are one in 5,000.
Compare that to flights: out of the millions and millions of flights each year, less than a hundred have accidents, and less than a tenth of those have fatalities. This makes the odds of dying in a plane crash at about one in 11 million, and the odds of being in a crash at all one in 1.2 million. Even if you win the lottery and are in one of those crashes, the odds are still in your favor: 95.7 percent of passengers survive those crashes.
Lovers, Not Fighters
If this whole incident involved only men, it probably wouldn't even rate a mention. Dudes are getting into fist fights for no reason all the time - just spend a Saturday night in Dublin if you don't believe us. But women? They're generally classier than us Neanderthals. They generally have a bit of self-control. Sure, there's the occasional scrap over who loves Ryan Gosling more, but we'll bet you a billion dollars it's a man who triggers World War Three.
We've got the statistics to back it up, too. Around nine times as many men are in jail versus women, and men accounted for over 80% of arrests due to violent crime. If you get murdered and you're living in the States, it's 88% likely it's a guy that did it. Worldwide, it's actually 96%. Sure, there's some women who commit crimes, but not many. Nobody knows the exact reasons, but it just doesn't seem to be in their nature.
What Happened To Them Next
After they were dragged off the aircraft, all five women involved in the fray were taken in for questioning at LAX. Not only that, the FBI were called in to investigate, which is standard procedure for aviation-related incidents. A few hours later, all of the women were released without charge, according to an FBI spokesperson.
Given the serious and frightening nature of the brawl - just watch the video to see how bad it really was - the lack of charges was pretty surprising. Hair was pulled, multiple punches were thrown, and all five women - and not just a few passengers - came out of the ordeal bloody and bruised. But for all that, it seems that the police were just going to let this one slide. They chalked it up to high tension in a confined environment, and let the women off with just a few stern words.
Captured On Film
The best part of this modern age is that there's always someone there to capture this mayhem on camera. We've become a race of aspiring documentary filmmakers, finger forever on the smartphone, looking for some instant fame. We're not mocking you, here - if it wasn't for you, we never would have seen this video, and witnessed the girl-brawl of the century. Considering how truly insane it got, we're pretty glad you put your bodies on the line.
So here you go. Get an eyeful of this delicious carnage, be glad you weren't there, and maybe learn a thing or two about not getting too worked up in a place where 200 people are crammed together like sardines in a can. On the other hand, if all-in apocalyptic fights are your thing, if you like both the flight and the fight response, you're never going to get a better arena.
50 Extraordinary Women You Won't Believe Actually Exist
Luke Chase May 25th 2016 Entertainment
It's likely that the women in your day to day life are pretty "normal" in appearance. So when you see someone whose appearance differs from what you expect it to be, it can be kind of a shock. The ladies in the following slideshow are definitely far from average. Some of these women spent thousands of dollars on plastic surgery, tattoos, or body piercings. Others are born with strange birth defects such as excessive facial hair, a gigantic butt or even an 8 inch tongue. See for yourself!
Lauren Williams: 4 Foot Long Legs
Lauren Williams has the longest-known legs in the United States, with her eye-catching limbs measuring an incredible 49 inches from hip to heel. Lauren's height and long-legged genes can be attributed to her family as her father, mother and twin sisters are all 6ft or taller.
She has US size 11 feet (UK size 10), and revealed that she can find it tricky to buy clothes that fit. When modelling, single Lauren - who has worked on campaigns for global brands such as Nike - does everything from sports and fitness to high fashion and swimwear.
Having played volleyball in college, as well as being extremely active, Lauren also enjoys shooting sporty campaigns. As well as modelling, Lauren works as an educator at a children's museum in Houston and enjoys travelling. When out and about, her striking looks and long limbs mean she gets comments about her legs on a daily basis.
Pixee Fox: Dangerously Small Waist
Swedish born Pixee Fox had already spent more than $80,000 on plastic surgery attempting to sculpt the perfect hourglass figure. But now she has taken her obsession even further by having 6 of her lower ribs removed - so she can shrink her waist to a record-breaking 14 inches. Pixee, from Sweden, said: "People often come up to me and say, "don't take this the wrong way, but you look like a cartoon" - but for me that's a compliment, that's what I want to achieve.
With 6 of her lower ribs removed, Pixee's lower internal organs, including the liver, have lost some of their natural protection - but she isn't worried. She said: "Before if I was in a car crash I would normally break my ribs. If that happened now I'm probably going to break my spleen instead. In total she has had four rhinoplasties costing $14,000; four breast augmentations of 200cc, 525cc, 800cc and 1400cc costing $28,500; two rounds of liposuction at $5,000; two upper eyelid surgeries at $6,000; a labiaplasty costing $4,000; a Brazilian butt lift at $9,000 and cool-sculpting, cheek injections, and lip injections at about $12,000.
Bethany Hamilton: One Armed Pro Surfer
Bethany Meilani Hamilton-Dirks is an American professional surfer who survived a 2003 shark attack in which her left arm was bitten off, but ultimately returned to-and was victorious in-professional surfing. On October 31, 2003 Hamilton, aged 13 at the time, went for a morning surf along Tunnels Beach, Kauai, with best friend Alana Blanchard, Alana's father, Holt, and brother Byron. Around 7:30 a.m., with numerous turtles in the area, she was lying on her surfboard with her left arm dangling in the water, when a 14-foot tiger shark attacked her, severing her left arm just below the shoulder.
Despite the trauma of the incident, Hamilton was determined to return to surfing. Three weeks after the incident, she returned to her board. Initially, she adopted a custom-made board that was longer and slightly thicker than standard and had a handle for her right arm, making it easier to paddle, and she learned to kick more to make up for the loss of her left arm. After teaching herself to surf with one arm, on January 10, 2004, she entered a major competition. She now uses standard competitive performance short-boards. The broken surfboard that Hamilton was riding during the attack is on display at the California Surf Museum
Mayra Hills: World's Largest Fake Breasts
Mayra Hills - also known as Beshine - measures at 59-28-36 and says she's the proud owner of the world's largest fake breasts. And it's not hard to believe her claim to fame, considering each of her breasts have 10,000 cc of saline implants and weigh 20 pounds a piece! As you can imagine, it's difficult for Beshine, who wears a size 32Z bra, to find clothes that fit, so the German-born woman has a lot of her items custom-made.
But bra shopping isn't her only woe. She can no longer tie her own shoes and has run into trouble when she's knocked things over with her chest - but it appears she's satisfied with her body, troubles and all. "Some people maybe think the sheer size of my t-ts bring too many handicaps in my everyday life, but hey, having big boob problems is amazing," she wrote on her blog.
Anastasiya Shpagina: Real Life Anime Girl
It's official, this real-life anime trend has gotten completely out of hand. Hardly a day goes by that we don't stumble upon some photos of girls going to any lengths in order to look like real live anime characters. Today's example, Anastasiya Shpagina, an Ukrainian girl who has even taken a Japanese name - Fukkacumi. 19-year-old Anastasiya (Nastya) Shpagina has been called "the new Barbie" by national news outlets, but she later revealed she's striving to become a real-life Japanese anime character, not a doll. She even posted "I am not like a doll, a doll is like me."
Apparently, Nastya has been passionate about makeup even as a young child, always experimenting with it in the mirror. Over time she also developed a thing for Japanese cartoons and it was only a matter of time before she started using her make-up artist skills to transform herself into a real-life anime girl. But just putting on makeup wasn't enough to attain that coveted look, so she decided to lose weight in order to seem more genuine. At 1.58-meters-tall, Anastasiya weighs just 39 kilos and is trying to lose one more in order to look just right.
Chanel Tapper: World's Longest Tongue
The longest female tongue measures 9.75 cm (3.8 in) from the tip to the middle of lip and was achieved by Chanel Tappe on 29 September 2010. Chanel, from Houston, US, shot to fame aged 13 when she was spotted sticking out her monster tongue in a YouTube video. In September Guinness invited Chanel to Los Angeles where they measured her tongue and she narrowly beat two other female contenders to the record.
She said: "I have always been silly and goofy. I love sticking my tongue out at people. I started doing that back in school. I've never had a problem with having a long tongue, it's just fun." Chanel now has set her sights set on Hollywood after finishing her studies. She said: "I'd love to be in a movie. I'm certainly pretty dramatic, so I think I could have the acting gift. "Really, I'd love to meet Adam Sandler, he's my favorite."
Sarah Massey: World's Largest Butt
Sarah Massey would be just another 33-year-old mother-of-two from Chicago - if it weren't for the fact that she also happens to have the world's biggest butt. Though not officially recognized by the prudes at Guinness, Massey's massive 7-foot wide keister requires a pair of 10XL trousers that would comfortably fit all of the Kardashian sisters combined.
Massey insists the condition that resulted in her museum-sized bubble butt is hereditary - "there's nothing I can do about it," she says - but that her love of ice cream certainly contributed to its maintenance. Massey would still like to lose some weight, but says she now has a new-found appreciation for her natural assets, and fervently defends them against anyone who calls them fake. "Some people can't believe one person can have this much butt," she told Barcroft. "Because I've got a relatively small frame on top they say, 'that can't be real.' I carry this weight with me all the time, everywhere I go, it's definitely not fake. Big booties are just in my blood."
Zlata: Extreme Flexibility
Russian-born former gymnast Zlata, 29, posed in leather and lingerie to adopt a series of poses that seem to defy every law of biology. Zlata, who now lives in Germany, is able to create astounding shapes with her body and is so flexible she can cram herself into a 50cm square box. One of her favorite acts is to bend backwards at a 90 degree angle, so the back half of her hands touch her feet and she can also peer through her own legs from behind.
Zlata's gift of flexibility was discovered when she was four years old and by six she was training as a contortionist at a circus school. She has a rare condition which makes all her tendons extremely pliable, which helps in her profession. The former gymnast now spends most of her day working out and training for shows around the world. In 2011 she set the Guinness World Record for the most beer bottles opened in a minute using only your feet.
Kim Goodman: Eyeball Protrusion
Kim Goodman is a woman who is able to pop her eyes out of her eye sockets by 12 millimeters (0.47 inches). She holds the world record for the farthest eyeball protrusion. She lives in Chicago, Illinois. She discovered her eyeball popping talent one day when she was hit on the head with a hockey mask. Her eyeballs popped out much further than usual and ever since that day she could pop them out on cue, as well as when she yawns.
She has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. In 2004, Goodman was included by Guinness World Records in their 50th anniversary list of top ten "feats" of all time. Kim originally had the record for being able to extend her eye balls beyond her eye sockets by 10mm. This was matched a few years by a new contender, but when Kim was re-measured she found she could now reach 12mm - breaking her own record and keeping the title.
Natalia Partyka: One Armed Table Tennis Champ
Natalia Partyka (born 27 July 1989) is a Polish table tennis player. Born without a right hand and forearm, she participates in competitions for able-bodied athletes as well as in competitions for athletes with disabilities. Partyka reached the last 32 of the London 2012 Olympic women's table tennis. Partyka began playing table tennis at the age of seven. She won her first international table tennis medal in 1999 at the disabled World Championships. At the age of 11, she competed at the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney, becoming the world's youngest ever Paralympian. In 2004, she won a gold medal in the singles event and silver in the team event at the Athens Paralympics.
Partyka competed for Poland both the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing - one of only two athletes to do so, the other being Natalie du Toit in swimming. They were her third Paralympic Games, and her first Olympics. Competing in class 10 at the Beijing Paralympics, she won gold by defeating China's Fan Lei by three sets to nil. In 2008, she won a gold medal in the singles event and a silver in the team event at the Beijing Paralympics, repeating her Athens Paralympics result.