A Delta passenger was taken to the prison after the head punches a fight attendant and yelling at one another.
(Oklahoma County Jail)
A “violent” and “unruly” passenger forced a Delta flight to make an emergency landing in Oklahoma City Friday morning.
Flight 2603 was on the way from Salt Lake City to Orlando when 28-year-old Derek Edward Maas had to be restrained. The captain then determined he needed to be removed from the flight to ensure the safety of the other passengers and the crew, KOCO 5 reports.
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Prior to the incident, the crew told the police Maas appeared in a daze, but seemed to be non-hazardous. During the flight, the passengers then ordered two alcoholic beverages. When he tried to order another one, the flight attendant refused. The situation quickly escalated and Maas was verbally abusive in the direction of a member of the crew, and head-butted another, according to KOCO 5.
Upon landing in Oklahoma city will Rogers World Airport, Maas was met by the local police and was taken to the prison and admitted to the officers that he had been drinking prior to the flight.
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A spokesperson for Delta released the following statement to Fox News:
“Delta applauds the quick action and professionalism of the crew of Delta flight 2603 works from Salt Lake City to Orlando, diverted to Oklahoma City after a customer became unruly and violent on board. The crew kept the customer and the flight was met by law enforcement in Oklahoma City, where he was removed and taken into custody. The flight continued to Orlando, arriving two hours past schedule. The safety and security of our customers and the crew are always Delta’s top priority.”
Michelle Gant is a writer and editor for Fox News Lifestyle.