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Delta passenger arrested after allegedly punching person behind him over seat argument, Atlanta police say

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Delta passenger arrested after allegedly punching person behind him over seat argument, Atlanta police say

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The passenger was then charged with battery and obstructing government property. Thomas Pallini / Insider

  • A Delta Airlines aviator has been arrested after allegedly hitting another passenger, according to NBC News.

  • Atlanta Police said the dispute began after one of the passengers put an object in their seat pocket.

  • Airlines have reported several similar disruptive incidents on planes in recent months.

A Delta passenger was arrested for allegedly hitting another passenger before take off.

NBC News first reported on the incident, which took place on a flight to Los Angeles from Atlanta on Friday.

It started after the suspect, Curtis Maurice Clayton, got into a heated argument with a passenger sitting behind him.

According to Atlanta Police, Clayton began arguing with his travel companion German Montez, who had placed an item in his seat pocket.

Clayton protested and the dispute escalated until he hit Montez, police told NBC News. Clayton was then restrained by a passenger, police told NBC News.

In a media-verified video, the two fought in the driveway as several people attempted to hold them back. As the drama unfolded, a passenger featured in the clip said, “Seriously? I already missed a flight,” according to the report.

Delta Airlines and the Atlanta Police Department did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

After a 31-minute delay, the flight finally took off.

Following the incident, police told NBC News that Clayton failed to cooperate with police and damaged a police vehicle during the investigation.

He was subsequently charged with battery and obstructing government property.

The incident follows a series of unruly behavior by passengers on the flights. Recently, a Delta Airlines passenger was charged with two federal crimes after being charged with twice punching a flight attendant in the face.

This month, an unmasked United Airlines passenger was kicked off his flight after threatening to break the neck of another passenger.

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