Nothing like a botched middle-of-the-night raid that resulted in a Delta Air Lines pilot being dragged into his hotel bathroom, handcuffed, and interrogated for an hour to inspire confidence in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
FBI Raids Hotel Room Of Delta Air Lines Pilot In Practice Exercise Gone Wrong
In a scene that seems almost too outlandish to even believe, the FBI raided the wrong hotel room as part of a training exercise. A Delta Air Lines pilot opened the door. Thinking he was part of the program, agents rushed in, handcuffed him, and interrogated him for the next hour in his bathtub.
And then our fearless agents realized that they were in the wrong room. And the guy really was a pilot. And his protesting was not part of the act.
I was preparing a story about this earlier due to the hotel angle, but it only later emerged that it was a Delta pilot targeted by the misguided training exercise, adding a whole additional layer of cringe-worthiness to this story.
Per CBS News:
FBI and Department of Defense agents banged on the door to Room 1505 demanding to be let in.
A Delta Air Lines pilot who was a guest at the hotel was sleeping inside, woke up and opened the door. Agents barged in, handcuffed the man who is in his 30s, interrogated him and put him in the shower.
It was more than 45 minutes before they took off the handcuffs, realized their mistake and apologized.
Sources say the agents were conducting a training operation and a mock interrogation for a Department of Defense deployment.
No wonder it took place in the bathtub…
To make matters worse, the FBI did not even apologize, issuing the following statement:
At approximately 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, 2023, the FBI Boston Division was assisting the U.S. Department of Defense in conducting a Department of Defense (DOD) training exercise at a hotel in Boston to simulate a situation their personnel might encounter in a deployed environment.
Based on inaccurate information, they were mistakenly sent to the wrong room and detained an individual, not the intended role player. Thankfully nobody was injured. The Boston Police Department was called and responded to the scene to confirm that this was indeed a training exercise.
Safety is always a priority of the FBI, and our law enforcement partners, and we take these incidents very seriously. The Boston Division is reviewing the incident with DOD for further action as deemed appropriate.
Yes, I’m so happy that safety is always a priority and that you are thankful no one was injured. Of course, you’ve got to give the Delta pilot a few nights before the PTSD sets in…
A Delta pilot was awakened in the middle of the night by a team of FBI agents, who thought they were taking part in a training exercise. But the pilot was not in on the plot and must have suffered quite a bit, even if not physically, during the interrogation that occured in his hotel room bathtub.
Dear FBI, do better. And own up to your mistakes. Or were you looking for Iraqi WMDs in the Delta pilot’s socks? It’s a good thing this pilot was not injured, but even absent a physical injury I’d be consulting with an attorney over a hefty lawsuit over this tomfoolery.