Fight on Delta flight from Tampa to Atlanta ends in multiple injuries, police say
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According to the Atlanta Police Department, a woman who attempted to reach Atlanta before Christmas found herself in FBI custody after causing a “disruption” in the air that injured other airline passengers and Delta’s flight crew.
This happened on December 23 on Delta Flight # 2790, which departed Tampa, Florida at 4:30 p.m. and arrived at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport at 6:10 p.m.
Police officers in Atlanta were waiting when the flight landed “in reference to a disruption call involving an unruly passenger,” officials said in a Dec. 25 press release.
“When the plane arrived at the departure gate, officers were able to meet outgoing passengers who indicated that the suspect, Ms Patricia Cornwall, had caused a disturbance in the air,” officials said.
“This disruption (leads) to injury to other passengers and Delta employees. Based on the statements gathered and visible evidence, officers arrested Ms Cornwall and contacted the FBI guard officer.
Cornwall was taken to an Atlanta police station and then taken into FBI custody, officials said.
Details of what caused the disruption and the extent of the injuries were not disclosed.
Video recorded on a Tampa-Atlanta Delta flight was tweeted on Dec. 24 by ATL Uncensored / Atlanta News, and it shows a woman standing in the aisle cursing a seated passenger.
Crew members are seen trying to restrain the woman, who slaps the man in the face and repeatedly tells him to put on his COVID-19 face mask. (She has her mask pulled down under her chin in the video.)
Someone in the video reports that a woman “went mad on the plane, hit this man in the face, spat on him, scratched him (and) poured hot water on my leg.” .
On November 24, the Department of Justice ordered United States attorneys general to prioritize cases against those who “endanger the safety of passengers, flight crew and flight attendants.”
“Passengers who assault, intimidate or threaten violence against flight crews and flight attendants do more than harm these employees; they prevent the performance of essential tasks that help keep air travel safe, ”Attorney General Merrick Garland said in the statement. Likewise, when passengers commit acts of violence against other passengers within the narrow confines of a commercial aircraft, the behavior endangers everyone on board.
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