By Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY
A fight between two flight attendants forced a Chicago-bound UnitedAirlines flight to Raleigh/Durham International Airport shortly aftertakeoff this morning, according to The News & Observer of Raleigh.
"Ourlaw enforcement team was notified by the tower that the captain hadrequested law enforcement to meet the aircraft," Mindy Hamlin, RDUspokeswoman, tells the News & Observer. "The aircraft had gotten about 50 miles out when he reported a possible assault on the aircraft."
LOCAL REPORT: Altercation between two flight attendants sends United jet back to RDU (The News & Observer)
Theincident comes exactly one week after separate spat between attendantsaffected a flight on a major airline. That incident came last Wednesday(Sept. 20) when an altercation between two American Eagle attendantsdelayed a New York-to-Washington flight on by more than four hours.American Eagle is the regional affiliate for American Airlines.
As for the most recent flight attendant feud, RDU spokeswoman Hamlin tells ABC 11 of Raleigh-Durham an earlier disagreement between the two United attendants apparentlyescalated when one brushed the other - reportedly by accident.
Itwas shortly after that - according to the media reports - that thecaptain of United Flight 1214 decided to return to the Boeing 737-800 toRaleigh/Durham. The flight, which departed at 6:05 a.m., touched downat the airport about 40 minutes after takeoff.
While the argumentwas enough to convince the captain to return, ABC 11 reports:"Investigators determined no blows were exchanged and no assault hadtaken place. There were no arrests."