Las Vegas-Bound Plane Makes Emergency Landing After On-Board Fight

Posted on: July 13, 2023, 11:28h. 

Last updated on: July 13, 2023, 12:46h.

A Frontier Airlines flight from Philadelphia to Las Vegas made an unscheduled stop in Denver on Tuesday night after a fight between two female passengers.

Frontier passenger fight
One of two women forced to exit a Vegas-bound Frontier flight on Tuesday is restrained by a flight attendant. (Image: KLAS-TV/Las Vegas)

The two women, who were traveling together, began fighting and hurling loud expletives at each other in front of shocked fellow passengers, according to KLAS-TV/Las Vegas. At one point, one of the women reportedly struck a male passenger on or near his head.

As of Thursday morning, neither woman has been identified.

A witness told KLAS ​that a flight attendant tried several times to stop the fight before finally separating the women and moving one to a different seat. But they continued shouting expletives at each other after being separated, the witness said.

The cellphone video below was uploaded by the news station:

“It was fairly disruptive, so passengers began to tell them to shut up because their behavior was escalating,” the witness told the news station.

“Just get your s*** together so we can get home,” a passenger is heard saying in the video.

Another passenger admonished the women to “get some class.”

Fellow passengers cheered when the two women were forced to deplane at Denver International Airport, where they were met at the gate by Denver police officers.

​”You’re gonna go to jail … who are you trying to impress?” one passenger said.

Causing a disturbance on an airplane is a federal crime that can subject offenders to criminal charges, though it was not immediately clear whether either of these women faces any.

Flight 2143 left Philadelphia at 10:30 p.m. E.T. and was scheduled to arrive in Vegas at 10:30 p.m. PT. To Frontier’s credit, the flight was only an hour late.