Passenger Restrained On A Delta Flight After Attempting To Breach The Cockpit

Warning: Some language in this article and linked video may not be suitable for some audiences.

A passenger on a flight yesterday tried unsuccessfully to hijack the airplane. Delta Flight 386 out of Los Angeles was heading east toward Nashville when a man allegedly tried to break into the cockpit and hijack the flight. Several Delta crew members are credited for subduing the suspect, but one man is seen on video zip-typing the alleged attacker.

The flight attendant, in a purple button-down and grey vest with a black mask on, surrounded by a sea of other men, is bent over the suspect trying to control him. The attempted hijacker is seen trying to break free from the restraints, but the male flight attendant refused to let that happen.

After a struggle, the man is successfully restrained. Witnesses described the suspect as hog-tied. The flight was diverted, making an emergency landing in Albuquerque, NM, where the airport police took the suspect into custody.


The FBI will lead the investigation, according to local reports. The FBI confirmed this with a tweet saying that their office “is responding to a report of a diverted flight.” Additionally, the FBI said, “there is no threat to the public at this time.”

Delta’s statement read, “Thanks to the crew and passengers of Delta Flight 386, LAX to Nashville (BNA), who assisted in detaining an unruly passenger as the flight diverted to Albuquerque (ABQ). The aircraft landed without incident, and the passenger was removed by law enforcement. We apologize to our customers for the delay and any additional inconvenience.”

One Twitter user believes this wasn’t a hijacking but rather a bad mental health episode. The Twitter user took a poignant photo showing the attendant with his face in his hands after successfully restraining the suspect. The user described the event saying, “Dude on the plane was just wigging out.. kept saying “we have to land this plane “… Either he had a mental breakdown or was on a bad trip. I didn’t feel threatened there was a lot of ppl vs. 1.”

The passenger continued saying, “Just felt like a situation where somebody was acting up n we had to put/calm them down.. yea it was random as f*** but like I said, didn’t feel threatened. Don’t feel as if it was a “hijacking” either but it was a stupid thing to do fasho [sic]. I almost feel bad for the person bc [sic] something wasn’t right in his brain… Def prolonged my day, but this is almost normal compared to s*** I deal with daily, so whatever. The attendants and passengers shut the situation down quick.. nobody was hurt. Everyone almost back to nash [sic].”

The Twitter user finished his thread saying, “Major props to the attendant tho [sic].. situation would’ve could’ve ended bad if Dude physically got the cockpit open, but the situation was shut down fast. Attendant definitely deserves hella credit, and it was only his 5th time on the job.”

Jessica Robertson, the founder of the liberal feminist sports brand Togethxr, was also on the flight and identified the flight attendant in the video as Christopher Williams. She said, “I was on this flight in the 3rd row- witness to everything. Terrifying, but our Delta flight attendant Christopher Williams acted quickly. So did several passengers around me.”

Robertson said the suspect screamed “stop the plane” as he was trying to break in. She added that she “hopes Delta give Chris every bit of recognition and bonus he deserves.”

Thank God for “toxic” masculinity. I would hate to think what would have happened had this man taken control.

For a video of part of the encounter, click here.

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