A Delta Air Lines 767-300 was forced to return to Seattle Tacoma on it’s way to Beijing after a 23 year old First Class passenger (Delta One) assaulted a flight attendant up in the air. It’s unclear as to exactly what the scuffle was about, though passengers are reporting that he tried to open an emergency exit door. Other passengers reported that the man was seen being handcuffed and zip-tied.
Per the Huffington Post,
A Delta Air Lines flight was forced to return to Seattle Thursday night after an unruly passenger who attempted to open an emergency exit allegedly attacked a flight attendant.
Delta Flight 129 was flying over Canadian airspace 45 minutes into its journey toward Beijing when the incident happened in the plane’s first-class cabin.
“They broke two bottles of wine on his head,” said the witness, who did not wish to be identified. “I tried to choke him and he just threw me off like a rag doll.”
We’ve reached out to Delta who responded with the following:
Flight 129 returned to Seattle following a security incident with a passenger. The passenger was restrained onboard and was removed from the flight by law enforcement without further incident when the aircraft arrived back in Seattle. The flight re-departed for Beijing later Thursday evening.
The flight took off later from Seattle 7 hours later with a new crew in place. Passengers will now arrive around 2am in Beijing.