Fistfight Grounds Southwest Airlines Flight

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A Southwest Airlines flight out of Austin, Texas was grounded shortly after takeoff after a fight broke out between two passengers.

Southwest flight 3590 took off from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport at 3:40 p.m. and landed back at the Texas airport roughly an hour into the flight after what Southwest described as an “altercation” between two passengers, the Dallas News reports.

Lisa Birkman told Fox 7 Austin she heard yelling toward the back of the cabin 20 to 30 minutes into the flight. Another witness saw one man reach over his seat and punch another male passenger.

Austin Police met the flight at the gate where they arrested one man. It is not clear what led to the altercation.

The flight took off for the second time around 6 p.m. and arrived in Chicago roughly three and a half hours late.

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