|A janitor cleans a window ledge near a WestJet plane at the Calgary International Airport in this April 16, 2010 file photo. (QMI Agency files)
CALGARY - Police hauled two men off a WestJet flight Wednesday in Calgary following an altercation over elbow room.
Sgt. Gord Nyhus said officers were called by WestJet at about 9:30 a.m., alerting them to an altercation that erupted on board one of its aircraft that moving along the runway, preparing for take-off at Calgary International Airport.
The plane was destined for Vancouver.
The men — one in his late 20s, the other in his 50s — aboard WestJet flight 445 were seated beside each other and an argument erupted over who should use the arm rest between them, said Nyhus.
He said the verbal altercation escalated, and while it didn't become physical, the pair threatened each other.
"We removed them, spoke to them and at that point they both realized they were kind of being silly," said Nyhus. "The pilot of the aircraft made a decision they were not going to be back in the aircraft."
The two men were rebooked on separate WestJet flights that left later.
Sarah McVean, a passenger seated in front of the two men, said one of them "was very vocal and yelling."
"The flight attendants spoke with him and he quieted down but the plane didn't take off," she said. "We returned to the terminal where two passengers got off."
Nyhus said police initially took three passengers but they cleared one of them after it was determined he wasn't involved in the kerfuffle.
That passenger was allowed to continue on with the same flight, which was grounded for about an hour.
Jennifer Sanford, a spokeswoman with the airline, confirmed the argument took place "between two WestJet guests, which necessitated a delay."
"Once the situation was resolved, the aircraft completed its service to Vancouver," she said.
There were 118 passengers aboard the flight including the two that got booted.
It's not the first case of air rage in recent months.
On Aug. 20, a Calgary-bound Air Canada flight from London was forced to land in Edmonton after a passenger became disruptive.
The man, who was intoxicated, caused some minor damage to the airplane and assaulted a female crew member, along with another passenger.
He was subdued with plastic straps tied to his legs and arms by crew and passengers prior to landing.
The men who were booted from the WestJet flight were not charged, but police collected their information.
Police didn't release the identity of the Calgary passengers because they weren't charged.