This is the bizarre moment an air passenger starts a fist fight after he asked to get off the plane for a smoke as his plane was ready for take off.
The 38-year-old man, who was allegedly drunk, demanded to be let off the plane for a cigarette as it taxied towards the runway at the Russian capital city of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport.
Other passengers, including a man in a red jumper sitting behind him, tried to reason with the man and told him he would be able to smoke when the plane reached the city of Krasnoyarsk in central Russia‘s Krasnoyarsk Krai region.
But the man became increasingly aggressive, insulting the man in the red jumper sitting behind him. The pair ended up exchanging blows as cabin crew tried to keep them apart.
An eyewitness with a smartphone filmed the fight and posted the footage on video sharing platforms where it is proving popular with viewers.
The man, whose name has not been released, carried on swearing and insulting other passengers, asking them if they had “read the script”.
The pilot decided to turn back to the airport so the man could be taken off the plane and arrested by airport police.
The passenger was later charged with hooliganism and faces a hefty fine for his actions. The incident led to the flight being delayed by two hours.
Sheremetyevo International Airport is the busiest in Russia, handling more than 40 million passengers and over 300,000 aircraft last year.