Flight Attendant & Passenger Get into Nasty Altercation on Delta Plane

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.

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.”


More In Real Talk

Real Talk Wednesday, March 03

Woman Crush Wednesday: Women In Politics

Today, we're shining a light on some of our favorite women in politics to show how much we appreciate them working so hard to make this country better and our future brighter! This is Woman Crush Wednesday: Women In Politics edition!

Real Talk Wednesday, March 03

Indianapolis Principal Goes Viral for Cutting Student's Hair

Instead of punishing a student for not taking off his hat, Principal Jason Smith opted to cut the young man’s hair after learning he was upset about a haircut he received. We talk to Principal Smith about his decision to choose compassion over punishment and the effects of childhood trauma most Black and brown boys face in the education system.

Real Talk Wednesday, March 03

No Love for Lady Gaga's Dog Walker?

A cash reward of $500,000 for Lady Gaga’s stolen dogs dominated headlines everywhere, but her dog walker being shot as a result of the crime was seemingly not as important. So it has us wondering, are we losing compassion for humans?

Real Talk Wednesday, March 03

Taylor Swift's Got Bad Blood with Netflix; Woman Uses Her Underwear as a Mask!

Taylor Swift is over it! The singer called out Netflix for their “sexist joke” referencing her past relationships in their new film “Ginny & Georgia.” We open up about the double standard women who date freely face. Plus, could a thong be the perfect face covering? One woman thought so and used hers as one after she forgot her mask at home.