It’s been a rough year for U.S. airlines, and it doesn’t appear to be getting any better. Video has emerged of a Delta pilot hitting a passenger in the aftermath of an Atlanta airport brawl.
While attempting to break up a fight between two passengers, a Delta pilot appeared to intentionally slap a woman in the face.
The incident happened last week and the footage was captured while passengers were leaving a flight in Atlanta. Two women appeared to have a disagreement and got into a physical altercation. They knock each other to the ground. A pilot intervenes, you can hear a raised voice say “knock it off” as he grabs one of the women on the ground and whacks her.
According to TMZ, some Delta employees were upset because security wasn’t called; a Delta spokesperson says they’re “taking this very seriously.”
The video was reportedly filmed on April 21 and was immediately investigated by Delta officials. Though the pilot was temporarily suspended, the airline concluded he was not in the wrong and was simply trying to stop the fight.
“We became aware of this incident and a video last week and immediately removed the pilot from duty while we completed a thorough investigation,” a Delta spokesperson told TMZ. “Local law enforcement was called to respond at the time of the incident. The pilot has since been returned to work as our investigation found that his actions deescalated an altercation between passengers on the jetway floor during deplaning."
Neither woman intends to press charges against anyone involved.
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