A Delta flight attendant and a female passenger were caught on video getting into a physical altercation onboard a delayed flight from Miami to Atlanta.
Monday night on Instagram, singer and reality TV star Lauryn England posted the shocking footage and says the incident started when the female passenger’s male companion allegedly refused “to put his seat belt on.”
England says the male “caused the WHOLE flight to be turned around & delayed” and that Delta employees had been asking the man and the woman “to get off the flight for the past hour.”
In the video, the female passenger is seen striking the flight attendant before accusing the employee of pushing her first.
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#mustwatch Ughhhh this literally happens right in my face. All I want to do is get home at this point! How you mad cause your boyfriend caused the WHOLE flight to be turned around & delayed cause he don’t want to put his seat belt on? and they been asking y’all to get off the flight for the past hour. ( then had the nerve to say they fly 1st class flights 🥴) You’re GOING TO JAIL 🗣this is so ghetto 🤦🏽♀️ #delta P.S: the flight was supposed to leave at 9:00 🙄
BBC journalist Suzanne Kianpour, however, said the commotion began “after a passenger refused to wear a mask as per policy.” It is unclear if Kianpour was referring to the man or the woman. (In the video, the man is seen wearing a mask, while the woman has the mask around her neck.)
Kianpour shared another video shot by Twitter user @AntwanetteMoore that appears to depict the same altercation but from a different angle.
Fellow BBC journalist BBC journalist Katty Kay also wrote on social media, “This is insane. The flight attendant got shoved by one of the passengers who refused to wear masks or leave the plane. And - 4 hours late - they are still cheerful. Mine is running thin but this @Delta flight crew has a lot of patience!”
On IG Story, fellow witness @kingcoreythefirst explained that the altercation — filmed by @AntwanetteMoore — occurred after the man and woman got off the plane but got back on to “get their bags.”
@kingcoreythefirst added that the paramedics had to be called, and that the woman “fell in the jetway and won’t get up.”
Simply Flying reports that the Miami-Dade Police Department was called onboard to remove the man and woman from the plane.
Per Newsweek, the flight was scheduled to leave at 7:45 p.m. but was three hours and 57 minutes late.
Delta later issued a statement obtained by Fox 35 News, saying, “There is nothing more important than the safety of our people and customers. We do not tolerate violence of any kind and this situation is currently under investigation. That’s why two customers who did not comply with crew safety instructions were asked to deplane flight 1997 this evening. We apologize to customers for the flight delay this caused.”