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Plane Forced To Turn Around After Flight Attendants Get Into Fight

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File photo of a United Airlines plane. (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

File photo of a United Airlines plane. (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

MORRISVILLE, N.C. (CBS Charlotte/AP) — An airport official says a squabble between two flight attendants forced a United Airlines flight bound for Chicago to return to Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Airport spokeswoman Mindy Hamlin says Flight 1214 left Raleigh at 6 a.m. Wednesday. She says a call from the pilot to the tower at 6:40 a.m. suggested there had been an assault onboard, but it turned out to be a tiff between flight attendants.

“One flight attendant had crossed their leg and accidentally brushed the other person, and it was not intentional,” Hamlin told The News & Observer. “It appears there was a disagreement before that, that became elevated.”

Hamlin added that the plane was 50 miles out when the incident occurred.

Raleigh-Durham police determined that no blows were exchanged and no one was arrested.

United spokeswoman Christen David says the two employees were removed and the flight re-staffed. David said the Chicago-based airline is conducting an internal review and that the argument was not physical.

Some passengers were placed on other flights, and David said United would compensate passengers for their inconvenience.

This is the second time in the past week altercations between flight attendants have disrupted flights. Last week, an American Eagle flight was delayed for four hours after two flight attendants got into an argument.

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