Delta Diverts Due to Disruptive Passenger

Delta Flight 386 was en route from Los Angeles, Calif. To Nashville, Tenn. when a passenger went to the front of the aircraft and tried to gain entry to the cockpit. A quick thinking flight attendant, with the assistance of some first class passengers, was able to prevent the breach and restrain the passenger.

Dramatic video captured by other passengers in the first class section show the flight attendant Christopher Williams (in image kneeling with purple shirt and vest), assisted by the passengers, holding the disruptive man down and ultimately using the onboard restraints to bind his hands and feet. Meanwhile, the man begins yelling repeatedly, “Stop the plane!” The flight attendant directs the helpful passengers to place the restraints on the man and then to assist with getting the restrained man to the back of the aircraft. Several passengers assist by picking him up by the restraints, arms and legs and carrying him to the back.

The pilots diverted the aircraft to Albuquerque, New Mexico where authorities met the plane, removed the unruly passenger and arrested him. No one was injured during the incident. The FBI is investigating. The flight attendant is being hailed as a hero for his quick thinking and actions.

Video from passenger Jessica Robertson: