The cameras are always watching these days, it seems.
Surveillance footage captured the moment a Republic Airways pilot and flight attendant got into a fight last month on a jet bridge at Denver International Airport.
Both the pilot, William Thomas, and the flight attendant, Marisha Sporer, were fired by the airliner in what amounted to an inner-office love affair at 30,000 ft. that went sour, according to ABC News.
In the disturbing footage obtained by the website FlyerTalk, Thomas appears to spit on Sporer, who responds with a slap to the face. The pilot then begins punching her in the body and the face.
*Caution: Disturbing Content
A spokesperson for Republic Airways told ABC News there were no passengers on the aircraft at the time of the altercation, though it’s not overly comforting for passengers on the next flight to think that their flight was manned by star-crossed lovers engaged in a violent breakup.
Fortunately, that flight was reportedly delayed to the following day.
“We are aware of a situation that occurred last month involving two of our employees,” the spokesperson remarked. “We investigated this matter and took appropriate action consistent with our belief that such behavior is unacceptable.”
Thomas, 36, and Sporer, 29, were both arrested, charged with assault and disturbing the peace, ABC News reported.
They had been involved in a nearly one year romance, according to court documents, with things taking an ugly turn when Sporer saw something she didn’t like on lover-boys’ cellphone.
A probable cause affidavit detailed what led up to the altercation — the description of the fight is not entirely consistent with what is seen in the video.
“They both agreed to break up so Thomas went onto the plane and sat in the cockpit and Sporer went to the gate,” the affidavit explained. “Sporer became angry and went onto the plane to confront Thomas. Sporer grabbed Thomas by the necktie and slapped him in the face with an open hand three times. Thomas retaliated by grabbing Sporer and striking her in the ribs with a closed fist.”
The unfortunate encounter prompted plenty of debate online about who was at fault, but the consensus seemed to be that they were both to blame.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter.
Dating a coworker is a bad idea
— Vincent Onwe (@vinonwe) October 9, 2019
Not how the story says it went down. It started b/c they were in a relationship, she saw something she didn’t like on his phone, & they agreed to part ways. She’d later gotten upset, confronted him in the cockpit, & slapped him three times, then he retaliated. They’re both toxic
— FrankLeeGivadam (@The2ishPercent) October 9, 2019
You can tell they’re in some type of a relationship. You don’t risk it all for just anybody. Business and pleasure don’t mix guys.
— Darling (@35DarlingDee) October 9, 2019
OK. I’m sorry. There’s so much…
I’ll just say he has King Kong balls to throw the swift double right then turn his back on a woman who just tagged him in the face ’bout talkin’ all that bullshit.
This is hilarious. ???
I should be better.
— UniverseCityScholar (@EyeAmTheOmen) October 9, 2019
Mmmh a couple. ??? Both arrested both fired.
What happened to right to defend yourself. Don’t know anything don’t care
— Ted odhiambo (@TedOchieng) October 9, 2019
Read the article. She went onto the plane, grabbed his necktie and slapped him 3 times before he defended himself.
— WaywardVoyager (@VoyagerWayward) October 9, 2019
Dumb butts, now you both have lost great paying jobs. Was it worth it. Sad to think 2 professionals can’t control themselves
— GG (@Gwengg1111) October 9, 2019
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