Delta flight hijacked after flight attendant on leave became unruly

Delta Air Lines flight between California and Georgia was diverted to Oklahoma on Friday night after a passenger became unruly and had to be restrained, CBS Los Angeles reports. Delta confirmed that the passenger was an off-duty flight attendant.

Delta Flight 1730 from Los Angeles was originally headed for Atlanta, Georgia, but was diverted to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where the man who caused the unrest was arrested. Passengers on the flight said the man made an announcement over the plane’s public address system telling passengers to sit down and prepare to put on their oxygen masks, CBS LA reports.

Some passengers said the man attempted to open the cabin door, but Delta Airlines disputes this. The man must have been restrained by the flight crew and several passengers.

In a statement, Delta said “the plane landed without incident and the passenger was evacuated by law enforcement.”

This is the second Delta flight in as many days that had to be diverted due to an unruly passenger. On Thursday, a Delta Air Lines flight from Los Angeles to New York was forced to land in Detroit after a passenger became a “threat,” according to CBS This Morning Saturday co-host Dana Jacobson, who was on the flight.

Since several COVID-19 vaccines became widely available and states began to ease restrictions related to the pandemic, many Americans have resumed the flight. But with this return to commercial air travel, there has been an increase unruly passenger behavior both at the airport and in mid-flight.

Rising passenger disruption has prompted several airlines to pull out serve alcohol on certain domestic flights.

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