An airline hostess and female passenger were involved in a recent mid-air altercation during a Riyadh-bound flight, it has been reported.

According to the Emirates 24/7 website, the incident occurred when the Egyptian stewardess was accused of paying ‘too much interest’ to a male passenger, prompting his Saudi Arabian wife to take drastic action.

“A fight erupted in the aircraft and the Saudi woman then jumped on the stewardess and bit her finger,” reported the website, quoting an article in Kabar newspaper.

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The incident was reported to airport police once the flight landed.