Videos uploaded to social media on Friday appear to show a passenger detained by a flight attendant after he allegedly tried to break into the cockpit in the middle of the flight.
Delta Air Lines 386’s flight from Los Angeles, California to Nashville, Tennessee was diverted to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Albuquerque International Sunport spokeswoman Stephanie Keats said a passenger who has not yet been publicly identified tried to hijack the flight by breaking into the cockpit but was stopped.
The plane landed safely in Albuquerque and the passenger in question was arrested by airport police. He is now in custody. The FBI in Albuquerque posted news on its Twitter page Friday afternoon, saying: “#FBI is responding to a report of a diverted flight at @ABQSunport. There is currently no threat to the public.”
Two videos uploaded to Twitter on Friday afternoon by @ 1WaySuggs seemed to show up first – a flight attendant, possibly assisted by other passengers, subdued and detained the offender, blocked from view behind a number of places. The video had a caption that read “Stewardesses. I respect everyone” with applauding emoticons.
The second video shows a man hunched over with his stomach on a seat, his hands held behind his back with plastic cuffs. This video has been uploaded with the comment “y’all a [n-word] I tried to hijack my plane to God, we just had to make an emergency landing, it did. [n-word] of God, my life is wild. “
The flight had landed for several hours in Albuquerque on Friday night. Verified by Newsweek of Delta’s internal flight tracking system showed that flight 386 must remain in Albuquerque until 20:15 MT. The remaining passengers on the flight must arrive at their final destination in Nashville around midnight local time – a few hours later than the originally scheduled arrival time of 17:35.
“Thanks to the crew and passengers of the Delta Flight 386, LAX to Nashville (BNA), who helped detain a disobedient passenger as the flight veered toward Albuquerque (ABQ),” an e-mail statement said. Newsweek, by Anthony Black, Delta spokesperson.
“The plane landed without incident,” he said, “and the passenger was removed by law enforcement. We apologize to our customers for delaying further inconvenience.”
It is not yet clear who the man who caused the disturbance during the flight was, and exactly what charges he may face. However, in related cases in the recent past, the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States Department of Transportation (FAA) has proposed hefty fines for passengers who violate cabin crew instructions and various federal regulations. The FBI says it is currently investigating.
During a Delta Air Lines flight from Honolulu, Hawaii, to Seattle, Washington on December 23 last year, the FAA claimed that a passenger “tried to open the cockpit door, repeatedly refusing to follow the instructions of the crew members.” and the flight attendant was physically attacked by hitting him in the face and pushing him to the floor. “
More details in a press release include that “the passenger … threatens the flight attendant by attacking him while he is trying to restrain the passenger. The flight attendants, with the help of another passenger, place plastic handcuffs on the passenger violating the road. Later, the passenger freed himself from one of the handcuffs and hit the flight attendant in the face a second time. “In this case, the FAA offered a fine of $ 52,500.
Newsweek turned to Albuquerque police and the TSA for comment.
Update (6/04/2021, 23:39): This article has been updated to include a statement from Delta Airlines.