‘Unruly’ Passenger Forced Delta Flight to Make an Unscheduled Landing

  • A Delta flight had to divert to Canada after a passenger became unruly on the flight, the airline said.
  • The Delta jet was flying from Paris to Detroit but had to land at Stephenville to remove the passenger. 
  • An airport official told WXYZ Detroit the passenger broke free of his restraints before the plane landed.

A Delta flight made an unscheduled landing on Friday after a passenger reportedly became unruly and “broke free” of his restraints.

Tracking data from FlightAware showed flight DL97 departed from Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport in France about 10:30 a.m. Friday local time and was bound for Detroit, Michigan. However, it diverted to Stephenville Dymond International Airport in Canada about six hours later.

A Delta representative told Insider that a passenger was arrested after the plane landed.

“Delta has zero tolerance for unruly behavior, especially when it potentially compromises the safety of our customers and flight crew. This unruly customer was removed at Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador, and remanded to the custody of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police,” the representative said.

A Canadian airport official told WXYZ Detroit that a passenger broke free of his restraints on the flight and had to be held down by several other travelers until the plane landed in Canada.

A video posted online by the ABC affiliate showed a passenger being led off the plane by police. He could be heard saying “What am I under arrest for?” in the video. 

Dena Haddad, a passenger on the flight, told WXYZ that the arrested man had been “violent and they wouldn’t calm down.”

Stephenville Dymond Airport and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment from Insider. 

The flight departed for Detroit Metro Airport about 90 minutes later, according to FlightAware.

Unscheduled landings due to unruly or aggressive passenger are rare but not unheard of. In April, a United flight turned back three hours into its journey after a “disruptive” passenger sat in a crew seat and got into a shouting match with flight attendants.

And in February, CNN reported that an American Airlines flight made an emergency landing after a passenger who was denied a drink charged the cockpit.

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