Delta flight diverted to Detroit due to unruly passenger
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A Delta Air Lines flight traveling from Los Angeles to New York had to make a pit stop in the middle of its journey on Thursday evening after a passenger was classified as unruly.
Delta flight 1131 was diverted to Detroit due to a “customer problem on board”, according to the airline. After landing, police officers boarded the plane and the passenger was removed from the plane on a stretcher.
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CBS’s Dana Jacobson, who was on board, posted a video of the incident on Twitter.
All passengers were asked to disembark while authorities removed the passenger who, according to Twitter footage, appeared to be yelling with profanity towards authorities and fellow travelers.
Jacobson tweeted that a passenger told her the woman was drunk.
“According to this passenger, the woman next to her had finally had enough and went to get the flight attendants,” wrote Jacobson.
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The pilot reportedly told passengers that the passenger had created a threat and that the plane would have to make an unscheduled stop before continuing to New York.
Shortly afterwards, according to Delta, the flight was safely continued to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York an hour and a half later.
“We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and delay, although the safety and well-being of our customers and crew is always a top priority for Delta,” a Delta spokesperson said in a statement to FOX Business.
The Federal Aviation Administration is cracking down on reports of recalcitrant passengers and has proposed numerous fines against a handful of them.
In its most recent enforcement action, the FAA proposed civil fines ranging from $ 9,000 to $ 15,000 on five passengers, “for alleged disturbance and, in two cases, assaults on flight attendants.”
The FAA has a zero-tolerance policy for air passengers who cause disruption to flights, disregard flight crew instructions, or “engage in behavior prohibited by federal law”.
“Federal law prohibits disrupting the flight crew or physically attacking or attacking the flight crew or anyone on an aircraft,” the FAA said in a press release. “Passengers will be punished under civil law for such misconduct that can endanger the safety of the flight by disturbing or distracting the cabin crew from their safety obligations.”
However, the agency did not identify any person facing civil penalties.