A Delta Air Lines flight attendant was the uncomfortable recipient of unwanted affection from one of his first class passengers on a flight to Alaska.
Report: Man Kisses Delta Flight Attendant After He Told Him No, Then Breaks Meal Tray
In an incident that appears to be alcohol-fueled, 61-year-old David Alan Burk threw a fit when denied a pre-departure beverage in first class on Delta 517 from Minneapolis (MSP) to Anchorage (ANC). The flight attendant working the first class cabin apologized to him and explained there was not time, but promised to get him a beverage after takeoff. Indeed , after takeoff he was offered red wine with dinner while seated in 5A and seemed to calm down.
When the flight attendant came to remove his dinner tray, Burk extended his hand and shook the flight attendant’s hand. 10 minutes later, Burk stood up to use the lavatory. Passing the front galley, he noted the flight attendant and stopped.
Burk: “Oh, you’re so beautiful.”
Flight Attendant (smiling): “Thank you”
Burk: “Can I have a kiss?”
Flight Attendant (no longer smiling): “No, thank you”
Burk: “Okay, well on the neck then.”
Without waiting for a response, Burk allegedly grabbed the flight attendant, pulled him toward himself, then kissed him on his neck. Burk, who must be a Delta SkyMiles elite member, then said that he had “one of those Delta cards” for the flight attendant, referring to the recognition cards Delta provides to its elite flyers to recognize good service onboard.
The story takes an even stranger turn. The flight attendant proceeded to the rear of the aircraft. When he returned, he found the found the meal tray for the pilots, which had been ready to serve, broken. One of the other flight attendants claimed that Burk had broken it.
The flight attendant who had been kissed remained in the rear of the aircraft and another flight attendant took his place. That flight attendant noted in the incident report that Burk consumed three glasses of wine onboard and appeared drunk. He rose to use the lavatory again, then return to his seat and slept for the remainder of the flight.
In Anchorage, Burk was detained by police officers who met the flight. He denied kissing the flight attendant and denied breaking the pilot’s meal tray (saying he had not eaten at all on the flight). He also said he did not recall going to the lavatory during the flight. Burk then admitted he had consumed a lot of alcohol, but refused to submit to a breathalyzer test. He then said, “Do you guys know who I am?”
Subsequently, he was taken to a local correctional facility and booked for interfering with flight crew members and for making false statements. Later that day, he was released.
He must return to Alaska for a court hearing on April 27, 2023. You can read the arrest report here.
A purportedly man kissed a flight attendant againsthis wishes on a Delta flight to Alaska, then broke a meal tray, prompting his detention upon arrival. He has been released, but faces charges that could land him up to 25 years in jail. There are some other speculatory personal details about Burk which The Daily Beast has reported that I am not going to repeat here yet absent confirmation. If true, this incident paints him in an even worse.
Bottom line: no means no. Plus, moderating alcohol is always wise.