- Two passengers were taken off a Delta Airlines flight earlier this week after becoming a nuisance.
- Witnesses told WTVJ that one of the passengers swore at flight attendants.
- On Thursday, the airline’s CEO requested federal help in combating a wave of unruly behavior.
Two unruly passengers were removed from a Delta Airlines flight earlier this week after becoming aggressive towards flight attendants.
Witnesses aboard Tuesday’s flight from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Atlanta, Georgia, told WTVJ that one of the passengers, a woman, was the main opponent. Sources said she swore at flight attendants and knocked them out.
Brianna Morfesi, a passenger on Delta Flight 1582, told the NBC affiliate she was a few rows away from the couple and filmed the incident.
“She just screamed, just in general, everything she said, she screamed, she cursed like a sailor,” Morfesi said. “If you go to a bar and there’s a drunk person, she was that person on the plane.”
Morfesi told the outlet that the couple’s disruptive behavior persisted long enough that the flight crew eventually asked the captain to turn the plane around and return to the terminal.
According to the report, the woman resisted leaving.
“The lady said, ‘Why am I being arrested?’ That’s all she kept saying. Nobody said anything about arrest,” Morfesi told WTVJ.
After a crew member explained to the couple why they were being removed, Morfesi said the woman told the crew member to be “F off” and turned her over the bird.
“Once they got kicked out of the plane it was kind of a relief, everyone was like yes! It was so bad,” Morfesi added.
A Delta spokesperson told Insider that the couple caused a 28-minute departure delay.
“Delta will not tolerate any unruly behavior at our airports and on our flights, as nothing is more important than the safety of our customers and flight crews,” the representative said. “We apologize for any inconvenience the departure delay has caused our remaining customers.”
The incident preceded a Thursday letter from Delta CEO Ed Bastian to the Justice Department asking the agency to add unruly passengers to the national “no fly list,” which referenced an increase in disruptive passenger behavior. that disrupts flight safety.
In his letter, Bastian said the number of unmanageable passenger incidents on Delta flights has risen “nearly 100 percent since 2019” as he called for federal intervention.
The CEO requested that any person convicted of a disturbance be placed on a “national, comprehensive, unruly passenger ‘no-fly’ list” that would prohibit the offender from traveling on a commercial airline in the future.