By Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY
A fight between two flight attendants forced a Chicago-bound United
Airlines flight to Raleigh/Durham International Airport shortly after
takeoff this morning, according to The News & Observer of Raleigh.
law enforcement team was notified by the tower that the captain had
requested law enforcement to meet the aircraft," Mindy Hamlin, RDU
spokeswoman, 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)
incident comes exactly one week after separate spat between attendants
affected a flight on a major airline. That incident came last Wednesday
(Sept. 20) when an altercation between two American Eagle attendants
delayed a New York-to-Washington flight on by more than four hours.
American Eagle is the regional affiliate for American Airlines.
LAST WEEK: Flight attendant spat causes four-hour delay on American Eagle
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 apparently
escalated when one brushed the other - reportedly by accident.
was shortly after that - according to the media reports - that the
captain of United Flight 1214 decided to return to the Boeing 737-800 to
Raleigh/Durham. The flight, which departed at 6:05 a.m., touched down
at the airport about 40 minutes after takeoff.
While the argument
was enough to convince the captain to return, ABC 11 reports:
"Investigators determined no blows were exchanged and no assault had
taken place. There were no arrests."