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Passenger gets tied down after trying to storm cockpit on Delta flight to Nashville

Amy Christie

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An unruly passenger recently tried to access the cockpit of a commercial Delta flight that was going to Nashville. The passenger was tied down and the issue is currently being looked into by The Federal Bureau of Investigation.

What are the details?

Delta Flight 386 was flying from Los Angeles International Airport to Nashville when a man suddenly tried to access the cockpit of the plane.

“The man seemingly unprovoked, just got up and rushed the pilot's cabin and began banging on the doors,” a passenger shared for CNN.

In video footage of the incident, the barefoot passenger can be heard repeatedly shouting,” Stop the plane!”

Grace Chalmers, a passenger on the same flight, said the man was taken down fast by a fellow passenger, after which the cabin crew came to help immobilize him. According to Chalmer, the unruly passenger was held to the ground for about 20 minutes.

The flight attendants and passengers all worked together to stop the man doing any damage or accessing the cockpit of the plane. The passenger was eventually subdued by the other air travelers and the flight crew.

As The Blaze points out, a flight attendant was able to stop the disruptive passenger by zip-tying his hands and feet. After being immobilized the unruly passenger was carried to the back of the plane.

What happened next?

The Delta flight was diverted to the Albuquerque International Sunport in New Mexico, for an emergency landing. Travelers had to wait for hours while arrangements were made for them to get to Nashville.

All passengers made it to Nashville, approximately five hours after the scheduled arrival time.

Nobody got hurt in the incident and the unruly passenger was taken into federal custody.

One of the passengers told KCAL-TV that the man could have been panicking because of a mental crisis.

“I was on this flight in the 3rd row - witness to everything. Terrifying but our Delta flight attendant Christopher Williams acted quickly. So did several passengers around me. Safe but still in Albuquerque. Hope Delta gives Chris every bit of recognition and bonus he deserves,” an individual claiming to be a passenger wrote on social media.
“Thanks to the crew and passengers of Delta Flight 386, LAX to Nashville, who assisted in detaining an unruly passenger as the flight diverted to Albuquerque. The aircraft landed without incident and the passenger was removed by law enforcement,” the airline stated.
“There is no threat to the public at this time,” was the statement from the FBI after the incident on the Delta flight headed for Nashville.

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