A Delta flight was interrupted after a large man tried to strong-arm an aircraft door open before being subdued by fellow passengers. But even his great strength could not get the door open.
Fellow Passengers Subdue Troubled Man Who Attempted To Open Aircraft Door Mid-Flight
The incident occurred last Sunday onboard Delta 2349, an Airbus A321 operating between Atlanta and Boston. Mid-flight, a passenger attempted to open a cabin door. One witness estimated the man weighed nearly 300 pounds.
It’s practically impossible to open a door mid-flight thanks to aircraft pressurization. But “Hercules” decided to try anyway, bolting for the aircraft’s front door and knocking over a flight attendant in the process.
He was promptly tackled then subdued by other passengers onboard. One passenger lent her belt, while another tied up Hercules. The flight did not divert. Instead, law enforcement and medical personnel met the aircraft upon arrival in Boston. Apparently, the man screamed, “Let me out of here, this isn’t my home!” for the rest of the flight.
Here’s some video from the incident as well as an interview of one of the passengers who subdued the man:
A Delta spokesperson only noted:
Law enforcement officials and medical personnel met Delta Flight 2349 operating from Atlanta to Boston upon arrival due to a disruptive customer on board.
Kudos to the passengers and crew for subduing this passenger. I often think diversions are unnecessary and while it would not have ben wholly unreasonable to dump off this passenger, the watchful eyes of fellow passengers (and a strong belt) kept others safe.
It is not clear if alcohol was involved. If not, I hope the man gets the help he needs to overcome what can only be described as a horrific outburst onboard.
(H/T: C Boarding Group // image: Mark French)