Delta Passenger Restrained Mid-Flight After Attempting To Enter Cockpit

A Delta Airlines flight was forced to land mid-flight when an unruly passenger reportedly attempted to breach the cockpit
A Delta Airlines flight was forced to land mid-flight when an unruly passenger reportedly attempted to breach the cockpit
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A scary situation in the skies on Friday as a Delta Airlines flight was forced to land mid-flight when a passenger apparently attempted to breach the cockpit.

Via KRQE:

A Delta Airlines flight on its way from Los Angeles to Nashville was diverted to the Albuquerque International Sunport Friday afternoon due to a passenger disturbance on board. Officials at the Sunport say there was a level four incident on the plane. They say typically means someone tried to break into the cockpit.

Sunport officials say the passenger was not able to actually get in the cockpit and passenger video shows the man being restrained by flight attendants and other passengers. Witnesses onboard say a man was yelling ‘stop the plane’ and went for the cockpit.

The plane reportedly landed without incident. The man’s identity has not been released.

Delta then flew the remaining passengers on to Nashville arriving about five hours late. You can see video footage taken during the flight below.

(h/t JoeMyGod)

American Airlines Suspends Alcohol Service Due To Unruly Behavior

An American Airlines plane on the tarmac
An American Airlines plane on the tarmac
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After a recent incident on a Southwest Airlines flight ended with a flight attendant losing two front teeth thanks to a drunk passenger, Southwest announced it would suspend serving alcohol during flights.

American Airlines has announced it will now follow suit.

From CNN:

“Flight attendants are on the front lines every day not only ensuring our customers’ safety, but are also calming fears, answering questions, and enforcing policies like federally-required face masks,” said Brady Byrnes, managing director of flight service at American, in a memo to flight attendants obtained by CNN.

“Over the past week we’ve seen some of these stressors create deeply disturbing situations on board aircraft,” the memo said. “Let me be clear: American Airlines will not tolerate assault or mistreatment of our crews.”

American had suspended alcohol service in March 2020 to reduce interactions with passengers during the pandemic. Beverage services were resumed on May 1.

But now, American Airlines says serving alcohol will remain suspended for coach passengers through September 13. That’s when the Transportation Security Administration’s mask mandate for all planes is scheduled to expire.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, “Since Jan. 1, 2021, the FAA has received approximately 2,500 reports of unruly behavior by passengers, including about 1,900 reports of passengers refusing to comply with the federal facemask mandate.”