Travelers clashed with police after a brawl broke out at Miami International Airport Monday night, authorities said. Two people were taken into custody, according to NBC Miami.
The brawl broke out after police were called to gate H8 shortly after 6:30 p.m. over a disturbance surrounding a delayed charter flight, the Miami-Dade Police Department told NBC Miami.
Officers found an “unruly passenger” who appeared to have taken the keys to an airport golf cart and was refusing to let a worker leave, police said.
In video footage shared on social media, a large crowd can be seen surrounding an officer who appears to have his arm around a man’s neck in an apparent chokehold.
At least two people start to intervene, appearing to try to release the man from the officer’s grip as onlookers shout and capture the skirmish on their mobile phones.
Once released, the man appears to chase after the officer, striking him multiple times.
“Like airports across the country, (Miami International Airport) is seeing record-high passenger numbers this winter travel season,” MIA Director and CEO Ralph Cutié said in a statement.
“Unfortunately, that passenger growth has come with a record-high increase nationwide in bad behavior as well, such as the incident this evening at MIA.”