First-Class Passenger Assaults Flight Attendant

Incident happened 45 minutes into flight
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 7, 2017 3:47 AM CDT
Updated Jul 7, 2017 6:33 AM CDT
Delta Flight Turns Back After Attendant Assaulted
Delta says the plane took off again later Thursday.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

A Delta Air Lines flight bound for Beijing returned to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Thursday night after a passenger assaulted a flight attendant, officials say. Sea-Tac Airport spokesman Perry Cooper says the incident happened on Delta flight 129, KOMO reports. Cooper says a man in first class assaulted a flight attendant about 45 minutes into the flight, and passengers then helped restrain the man until the plane landed back in Seattle and he was removed by law enforcement, reports the AP. Officials say two people, including the flight attendant, were injured and taken to a hospital. The FBI says a 23-year-old man from Miami was arrested and is due in court Friday, CNN reports. (More Delta Air Lines stories.)

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