A woman who was dragged off a Delta Air Lines flight by Detroit Metro Airport police on Monday had ignored boarding procedures and may face criminal charges, according to airport authorities.
A YouTube video uploaded by travel blogger René deLambert and shared on his site Renés Points shows officers gathering around the unidentified woman, then physically pulling her off the morning flight from Detroit to San Diego, California. One officer drags the woman, who appears silent and limp, down the aisle by her arms.
The short video doesn’t show what occurred before authorities intervened. At a few points, other passengers can be heard laughing and exclaiming, “Oh my gosh” and, “That’s crazy” in seeming surprise.
Airport police officers got involved after Delta requested assistance with a passenger “who would not comply with boarding and baggage check procedures” at the gate, according to a statement sent to The Huffington Post by airport spokesman Brian Lassaline.
“When officers arrived, Delta Air Lines stated the woman could not remain on board,” Lassaline wrote. “Despite repeated requests by officers, the woman refused to leave the aircraft and had to be removed.” The woman was arrested and charges are pending, according to Lassaline. He wouldn’t elaborate, citing company policy to not discuss individual passenger information.
DeLambert said he received the video, which he called “rather disturbing,” from an unnamed passenger on the flight. It has since gone viral, receiving more than 500,000 views since Monday. more