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Israir passengers abuse, threaten flight attendant over duty-free chocolate

‘Passenger violence against cabin crew is growing,’ Israir says in statement after a group of passengers disrupts flight to Bulgaria.

By Zohar Blumenkrantz and TheMarker | Feb. 22, 2015 | 3:25 PM | 2

A disagreement over duty-free chocolate between a passenger and a flight attendant on a recent Israir flight to Varna, in Bulgaria, came close to degenerating into physical violence and led to the questioning of a group of passengers by the authorities in Bulgaria.

Even before the flight departed, the rowdy behavior of the passengershad brought them to the attention of airline officials at Ben-Gurion Airport.

A security officer on the flight declined to intervene in the argument because it was not a security incident.

The cause of the argument is not clear from a video filmed by one of the passengers. A woman passenger is seen standing and shouting coarsely at the flight attendant with the duty free cart, who is serving another passenger.

Two other passengers, a woman and a man, then enter the argument, with the man getting out of his seat and threatening violence against the flight attendant.

“You work for me,” shouted the first woman. “I paid for the flight and I want chocolate. Another passenger, reportedly her sister, chimed in with “sell her the chocolate, you piece of rubbish. What, is she an Arab?”