Disturbing footage captures a tumultuous scene as a group of approximately twelve individuals engages in a physical brawl, with two pairs of women violently pulling each other’s hair, rolling on the floor, and exchanging punches.
Among the chaos, two men are seen exchanging blows, eventually landing on the baggage carousel, while others join the melee. One man is struck on the luggage belt, causing his hat to fly off, followed by a seemingly forceful kick to his face.
Authorities have confirmed that following the altercation, an 18-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman have been charged with battery.
In the video, a woman is held down by her hair, entangled in a fight with two other women—one of whom is barefoot—as scattered travel pillows and personal belongings litter the floor.
Onlookers can be heard pleading for security intervention and an end to the fighting, while some observers stand with crossed arms, watching the chaotic scene unfold.
Another woman is seen attempting to strike someone with what appears to be a shoe, only to be met with punches to her face by a man, causing her to fall to the ground.
In the aftermath, a woman involved in the ground altercation manages to rise to her feet, leaving behind strands of her vibrant red hair on the terminal floor.
Following the incident captured in the video, Chicago Police released a statement confirming the arrest and charging of two individuals in connection with the brawl.
The arrested individuals are Christopher Hampton, 18, from Maywood, Illinois, and Tembra Hicks, 20, from Carol Stream, Illinois, both charged with battery, reported The Daily Beast.
The exact cause of the violence remains unclear, and O’Hare International Airport has not disclosed which flight the group had been traveling on prior to the altercation.
In their statement, Chicago Police explained, “A verbal dispute during deplaning escalated on the lower level of terminal 3 when a 24-year-old female victim was assaulted by two individuals. The offenders were apprehended and subsequently charged.”
O’Hare International Airport issued a statement emphasizing its commitment to safety and security, working closely with federal partners, the Chicago Police Department, and airlines to ensure the well-being of everyone within their facilities.
This incident follows a separate altercation at Philadelphia International Airport in February, where Spirit Airlines staff engaged in a physical altercation with unruly passengers during the boarding process. The confrontation stemmed from a dispute over additional fees for heavy carry-on luggage.