A fake communal angle is added to an old video showing a fight between passengers over luggage space.

Claim

Avoid Turkish Airlines. An American female passenger who was traveling in a Turkish airliner was caught by Muslim men by her hair and they started beating her because she was not wearing a hijab! Islam gives Muslim men the right to insult, rape and kill non-Muslim women.

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Explanation

The one-minute, ten-second viral video shows many passengers arguing verbally before it escalates into a physical altercation. During the argument, we witness a man tugging on the woman’s hair. The other passengers in the vicinity calm them and prevent them from fighting.

This video is shared with a claim stating that ‘An American female passenger who was traveling in a Turkish airliner was caught by Muslim men by her hair and they started beating her because she was not wearing a hijab.’ The user also added that ‘Islam gives Muslim men the right to insult, rape and kill non-Muslim women.’ You can view related posts with similar claims here and here.

What’s the truth?

We discovered that the shared video is outdated after dissecting the viral video’s keyframes. Upon conducting a pertinent keyword search on Google we found an article by Mirror dated back to 13 April 2021 titled ‘Plane passenger punches woman repeatedly and pulls her by the hair in brawl.’ This article carries the same viral footage and states that the brawl broke out before a Tunisair flight took off in Istanbul, Turkey, causing the plane to be delayed by five hours.

As we narrowed down our search, we discovered another article by the Independent News that included the same widely shared video. It was titled “Passengers brawl in a plane aisle in row over Overhead Bin” and was published on April 13, 2021.

The report added “Video taken onboard the service from Tunis to Istanbul on 10 April and shared on YouTube shows two women initially pushing each other before the fighting becomes more violent.

Other passengers get involved; at one point, a man pulls hard on another woman’s hair. Screams can be heard throughout the footage.”

According to all of this information, the viral video depicts a dispute between passengers over a space in the overhead bin, and it is being shared with the public with misleading communal narratives in an attempt to spread fear and confusion.

This same news was also covered by the Sun with the same viral video on 14 April 2021. No information on the religion of those involved in the clash is reported anywhere. This further clarifies that the shared viral video is outdated and lacks a communal perspective.

Conclusion:

Thus, we conclude that the shared viral video with a claim that Muslim men thrashed an American woman for not wearing hijab at Turkey airlines is false. In reality, it was an old video showing a mass brawl over the cabin space.

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