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Off-Duty Flight Attendant Is Detained After an In-Flight Struggle, Delta Says

An off-duty flight attendant took management of the general public tackle system after which fought with passengers and crew members on board a Delta Air Lines flight on Friday within the newest outburst of violent conduct by airline passengers, the airline mentioned.

Delta mentioned that Flight 1730, which had been headed to Atlanta from Los Angeles, landed in Oklahoma City after the off-duty flight attendant grabbed the general public tackle system and made an announcement about oxygen masks, setting off a battle with passengers and crew members who subdued him.

Video from the flight confirmed a violent confrontation close to the entrance of the aircraft involving a number of individuals who wrestled the person to the ground, whereas somebody mentioned: “Get him down. Keep him down.”

“The aircraft landed without incident and the passenger was removed by law enforcement,” Delta mentioned in an announcement. “We apologize to our customers for the delay and any additional inconvenience this caused.”

The Oklahoma City police mentioned that they had eliminated a person from the aircraft and had taken him to a hospital, the place he was launched into the custody of the F.B.I.

Megan Lauro, a spokeswoman for the F.B.I.’s Oklahoma City discipline office, confirmed on Saturday that the company was investigating. She mentioned the person was in jail and being interviewed. She declined to touch upon potential fees.

Benjamin Curlee, 29, mentioned he had been seated about 4 or 5 rows from the again of the aircraft, which was about two hours away from Atlanta, when a voice came to visit the intercom and advised everybody to take their seats and put together to placed on oxygen masks.

“That made everyone extremely tense, but they started complying,” Mr. Curlee, who described the ordeal on TikTok, mentioned in an interview on Saturday.

Only later, after the aircraft had landed, did he study from different passengers that it was the person who had fought with passengers and crew members who had made the announcement about oxygen masks.

After a “very long two minutes,” Mr. Curlee mentioned, the captain got here on the general public tackle system and requested “all able-bodied men” to come back to the entrance of the aircraft for an “emergency.”

About half the passengers jumped up, in accordance with Mr. Curlee, who mentioned he was about midway to the entrance of the cabin when the flight attendants advised everybody to return to their seats as a result of the scenario was underneath management.

The episode got here amid what the Federal Aviation Administration has described as a “significant increase” in disruptive conduct on flights beginning in late 2020.

The F.A.A. mentioned that since Jan. 1, it had obtained about 2,900 experiences of unruly conduct by passengers, together with about 2,200 experiences of passengers refusing to adjust to a federal mandate that they put on masks.

Last month, two main airways, American and Southwest, postponed plans to renew serving alcohol on flights in an effort to cease the violence and dysfunction.

Both airways introduced the insurance policies after a extensively watched video confirmed a lady punching a flight attendant within the face on a Southwest Airlines flight from Sacramento to San Diego on May 23.

The flight attendant lost two enamel within the assault, in accordance with her union, and the passenger was charged with battery inflicting severe bodily harm. The passenger was additionally barred for all times from flying Southwest, the airline mentioned.

Late Thursday evening, a Delta flight from Los Angeles to New York was diverted to Detroit after a passenger turned unruly, CBS News reported.

Dana Jacobson, a co-host of “CBS This Morning: Saturday,” who had been on the flight, mentioned on Twitter that one other passenger had advised her {that a} “drunk passenger in the back of the plane” had been “out of control drinking from a bottle.”

Steve Dickson, the F.A.A. administrator, mentioned in a videotaped assertion that the company has a “zero-tolerance policy” for passengers who trigger disturbances on flights or fail to obey directions from the flight crew.

Passengers, no matter their vaccination standing, should put on masks on planes and in airports, he mentioned.

“But this isn’t just about face masks,” Mr. Dickson mentioned. “We’ve seen incidents related to alcohol, violence toward flight attendants and abusive behavior in general.”