In a shocking incident aboard an All Nippon Airways (ANA) flight bound for Seattle, an American airline passenger allegedly bit a female cabin crew member, prompting the aircraft to return to Tokyo.
The flight, ANA 118, took off from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport at 9:47 p.m. local time but made an unexpected turnaround just over an hour into the journey, as reported by the flight-tracking website Flightradar24.
The 55-year-old male passenger, described as heavily drunk, reportedly bit the crew member’s arm, causing mild injuries. The incident led the pilots to decide to return to Haneda Airport, where the unruly passenger was handed over to the local police, according to ANA.
Upon landing in Tokyo, the American passenger was detained by authorities, and subsequent investigations revealed that he had no recollection of his behavior, attributing it to the influence of a sleeping pill he had taken. The airline spokesperson reported that the man was fined $81,950, marking one of the largest penalties ever imposed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) against an individual passenger for disruptive behavior on an aircraft.
The incident, which left the flight attendant injured, garnered attention on social media, with some users drawing parallels in mock horror to the “beginning of a zombie movie.”