ONE Delta Airlines a flight from Washington DC to Los Angeles was forced to divert to Oklahoma City on Thursday following unruly behavior passenger assaulted two others on the plane, the airline reported.
Passenger, described CBSLA was a man in his 30s who got into a fight with a flight attendant for no apparent reason, then continued to assault them.
An aviation police chief on board intervened and was then attacked by disruptive flyers.
Eventually, the aviation sheriff was able to restrain the man and the flight diverted to Oklahoma City Airport, where the offending passenger was arrested and taken to the Oklahoma City Jail.
CBSLA reported that the officer and flight attendant were not seriously injured and were not hospitalized.
An airline statement read: “Delta applauds the prompt action and professionalism of the crew and Federal Aviation Marshals on board Delta Flight 324 from Washington, DC to Los Angeles, transferring bound for Oklahoma City after a customer became unruly and was ejected from a flight by local law enforcement.
“We apologize to our customers for this inconvenience.”
Disruptive and disruptive passenger incidents are estimated to double by 2020, and this trend will continue into 2021.
In October, America The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reportedly paid more than $1 million (£755,771) in fines to passengers This year, with about 4,837 unruly passengers reported from flight crews.
According to the FAA, mask-related incidents accounted for 3,511 of those events.
In early 2021, the FAA adopted a “zero tolerance” policy after incidents of violence or intimidation increased dramatically.
In August, a passenger was fined $45,000 after allegedly throwing his luggage at another passenger and, while lying on the aisle floor, “grabbed a flight attendant by the ankle and put her head on her skirt.” hers”.
Another passenger was fined $42,000 for allegedly “inhaling what appears to be cocaine from a plastic bag” in an incident in which they also made “the gesture of crashing into several passengers”.
https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/plane-diverted-passenger-assaults-flight-attendant-b1973644.html Delta says plane diverted after passenger attacked flight attendant