US Flight Diverted After Man Threatens To 'take Plane Down'
Umer Jamshaid 2 months ago Sun 13th June 2021 | 12:17 AM
A flight en route from Los Angeles to Atlanta was diverted for an emergency landing when a passenger attacked two flight attendants and threatened to bring down the plane, authorities said
Washington, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 12th Jun, 2021 ) :A flight en route from Los Angeles to Atlanta was diverted for an emergency landing when a passenger attacked two flight attendants and threatened to bring down the plane, authorities said.
The incident late Friday took place at a time when more Americans are taking to the airways than at any time since the pandemic broke out -- and as "unruly passenger" events have surged sharply, often sparked by disputes over mask-wearing.
In the latest incident, a frightening commotion broke out in the front of Delta Flight 1730, according to the airline and media reports.
Police there took the suspect, identified as an off-duty Delta employee in his late 20s, into custody, reports said.
His precise motive was unknown.
No other injuries were reported.
The incident took place the same day the US Transportation Security Administration said its agents had screened more than two million passengers at airports -- the most since before the Covid-19 crisis erupted.
Meantime, data from the Federal Aviation Authority show that "unruly passenger" incidents on commercial flights have shot up this year amid high stress levels and as mask-wearing has taken on a political edge.
Many more cases have not led to formal action.