An unruly passenger recently tried breaking into the cockpit of a Delta Air Lines flight bound for Tennessee from California in the United States.
It wasn’t long after when footage of the incident went viral on social media showing the passenger being subdued by cabin crew and fellow passengers as the plane was diverted to New Mexico.
According to Reuters, officials said that Flight 386, from Los Angeles bound for Nashville, arrived around 2:20 local time at Albuquerque International Sunport, where authorities removed the passenger from the plane and took him into custody.
Delta said the Boeing 737-900 had 162 passengers and six crew members aboard.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation in Albuquerque said on Twitter that it was responding to the incident and that there was “no threat to the public at this time.” The FBI provided no further details.
The airline and law enforcement did not say whether the individual was armed, whether he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs or what may have prompted his outburst. No one was hurt during the incident, and the flight resumed its trip to Nashville after the diversion, the airport spokesperson said further.
Los Angeles-based CBS News affiliate KCBS-TV posted videos taken by several passengers showing a man lying on his stomach in the aisle of the aircraft repeatedly yelling “Stop this plane” as he was being restrained.
A flight attendant and passengers bound his hands and feet with a yellow cord, then carried him to the rear of the aircraft, where he was placed face down in a seat, the video clips showed.
“Thanks to the crew and passengers of Delta Flight 386…who assisted in detaining an unruly passenger as the flight diverted to Albuquerque,” Delta said in a statement, adding that aircraft landed without incident and the passenger was removed by law enforcement.
The incident comes only weeks after a passenger was arrested after assaulting a Southwest flight attendant on a Sunday morning flight in San Diego in the United States. According to IOL and The Washington Post, the flight attendant lost two teeth and sustained injuries to the face. Meanwhile, in South Africa, confrontations have also escalated as some passengers simply refuse to wear a mask. FlySafair’s policy is that all passengers wear masks for the duration of their time on the airline’s aircraft in a bid to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.
And so, in April 2021, the South African runner Stephen Mokoka was escorted off the plane set to leave Cape Town for Johannesburg for not wearing a mask. He reportedly managed to cause considerable disruption before being hauled off with a video swearing at staff making the rounds on social media.