According to a sheriff’s spokeswoman, a passenger on a Delta Air Lines flight that had just landed in New Orleans slashed himself and assaulted a flight attendant before being restrained by other passengers.
The Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate cited Capt. Jason Rivarde of the Jefferson Parish sheriff’s office as saying that passengers restrained the 39-year-old man until deputies could board the aircraft and make the arrest.
Uncertain circumstances led to a violent outburst on Wednesday after Atlanta-bound Delta Flight 2432 touched down at Louis Armstrong International Airport.
After cutting himself in the neck with an unknown sharp item, the man allegedly threatened a flight attendant and cut her lightly, according to Rivarde.
According to him, the passenger is accused of simple battery, aggravated battery, and disturbing the peace.
Raquel Davis, a different passenger on the Airbus A321, claimed she didn’t witness the outburst but overheard flight attendants requesting medical assistance over the intercom before it happened.
Davis told the newspaper that she was impressed with the crew’s ability to maintain order among the other passengers.
Davis commented, “It’s surprising nobody was making a scene. “It was weird, but in a good way.
Delta, which has its headquarters in Atlanta, declared in a statement that it had “zero tolerance for unruly behavior on our aircraft and in our airports.”
The airline said in a statement that “nothing is more important than the safety and security of our employees and our customers.”