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Passenger Spat Sends LA-Bound Flight Back to Hawaii

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    Brawl Aboard Flight Headed to LAX

    A fight broke out on a plane headed to LAX from Honolulu. That Hawaiian Airlines flight was forced to turn back mid-flight. Darsha Phillips reports for Today in LA on Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

    (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)

    A Hawaiian Airlines flight to Los Angeles returned to Honolulu due to two "unruly passengers" whose mid-air squabble forced pilots to turn back two hours into the trip.

    The aircraft departed from Honolulu at 2:50 p.m. on Wednesday. Passengers said one man apparently bumped another, touching off the shouting match.

    "Some dude in another dude's face," said passenger Justin Moore-Brown. "Had his finger all up in his face, telling him to f--- off."

    There were 276 passengers and 11 crew members on board. The plane was met by law enforcement in Honolulu at 6:38 p.m. One person was escorted from the plane.

    "Safety is our priority, and we apologize to our guests for the inconvenience," Hawaiian Airlines said in a statement. 

    The flight then departed to Los Angeles at 8 p.m.