The cockpit was never breached and the passenger was taken into federal custody, Stephanie Keats of Albuquerque International Sunport told CNN.
A flight passenger who spoke to CNN said the man “seemingly unprovoked, just got up and rushed into the cockpit and started pounding on the doors.”
Grace Chalmers said the man was quickly dropped off by another passenger, who was then assisted by the cabin crew. She said he was held on the ground for about 20 minutes until the pilots landed at Albuquerque International Sunport.
A video by Chalmers shows the man, barefoot and tied at the wrists and ankles, pulled out of the jet. He can be heard quietly but repeatedly saying, “Stop this plane.”
The passengers were detained in Albuquerque for hours while Delta arranged for them to continue on to Nashville.
“We all managed to relax,” Chalmers said by phone from Albuquerque Airport, “but I would say it was extremely stressful at the moment.”
In a statement, Delta praised the passengers and crew on board flight 386. “The plane landed without incident and the passenger was removed by law enforcement,” the statement said.