A Southwest Airlines flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco had to be diverted, after one passenger attacked the woman in front of him. According to reports, the pilot of the plane was forced to issue a state of emergency and turn the plane back to Los Angeles International Airport after only 30 minutes in the air.
Apparently, a woman reclined her seat, which angered the man behind her. In a rage, he allegedly began to choke her, according to fellow passengers who witnesses the incident.
A spokesperson from the FBI told Inside Edition that the man, who has not been identified, was detained by airport police but no arrests were made at the time.
The flight and the other passengers did eventually arrive in San Francisco after a five-hour delay.
Southwest issued a statement that confirmed a “rapidly escalating situation involving passengers who were not traveling together,” forced the plane to make the emergency landing.
Passengers took and shared pictures of the airport police cars arriving to escort the passenger from the plane.
No seriously injuries were reported.