'I Will Break Your Neck': Man's Tirade on Plane Caught on Video Viewed More Than 3M Times

On a recent United Airlines flight to Los Angeles, a TikTok user filmed a tantrum thrown by a fellow passenger who was eventually removed from the flight.

TikTok user @starcadearcade, which typically posts VR and gaming-related content, appears to be sitting in the row in front of the disgruntled passenger. Alexander Clark, the founder & CEO of Starcade Arcade was posting from the account.

At first, the unidentified passenger is wearing his mask while screaming at someone out of the frame.

"Take me off, I don't give a f**ck, I didn't even want to go to Cali," the man screams while taking his mask off.

While it's unclear what events took place before the camera started rolling, in a follow-up video Clark said the man was asked multiple times to hang up his phone and keep his mask on.

Clark told Newsweek in an email that the man was sitting next to someone he referred to as "cousin" and they were both not willing to keep their masks on.

He then starts threatening someone who appeared to be the flight attendant standing in front of the rows and off-camera.

"I will find your name, date of birth, and address, I will know your social security number before I get off this plane. On my daughter. On that same baby that you seen me on the phone with," he said.

He then gets out of his seat and approaches the flight attendant. Another person, who appears to be another passenger, tries to step in and break it up.

"Mind your business, cause I will break your neck," the man said to the bystander.

At one point the camera drops, which Clark told Newsweekis when a third man who he believes initially tried to help the situation but then lost his temper, took his phone. He said all three men began threatening him to delete the footage even after he got his phone back. The follow-up video shows footage taken from a few rows back of when the man confronts the TikTok poster.

He said authorities eventually walked onto the flight and escorted the passenger off.

"It took about an hour for the plane to turn around, the police to arrive, and the unruly passengers escorted off," Clark told Newsweek. "The man left the plane willingly with the police, but cursing and yelling the whole time. The other two passengers that were making threats to bystanders were escorted off as well."

Like all commercial flights, United Airlines requires all passengers over the age of two to wear a mask for the duration of the flight.

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Tensions rose on a recent United Airlines flight when a passenger was apparently told to hang up his phone and properly wear his mask multiple times. Here, a United Airlines Boeing 737 passenger jet takes off at San Antonio International Airport in 2018. Robert Alexander/Getty Images

Similar events over mask compliance have occurred on numerous flights over the past few months.

In September, a group of people were escorted off a flight after a lengthy dispute over masking, Newsweek previously reported. When the non-compliant passengers were leaving the plane, a group of passengers started singing lyrics from the 1969 song "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" by Steam. Earlier in the month, a flight was diverted due to a group of passengers who refused to follow mask rules while in flight, Newsweek also reported.

Newsweek contacted United Airlines and @starcadearcade but neither responded in time for publication

Updated 10/11/2021, 4:40 p.m. ET: This story has been updated to include the name and title of the original poster, Alexander Clark, as well as a comment from him.

Correction 10/11/2021, 4:40 p.m. ET: The story originally stated that it was the initial passenger who took Clark's phone but it was actually the other man who got involved in the matter who took it. It also stated that it was the original passenger who was yelling threats to delete the footage, but it was the other two men as well.