A passenger on a flight from LAX to ATL needed to be restrained after making threats and attempting to open the exterior door during flight. The plane was diverted to Oklahoma City Airport which was the closest destination and the man was removed by aw enforcement.
The passenger hijacked the plan's public address system and told passengers to use their oxygen masks and then proceeded to try and open the exterior door of the plane. After that, the pilot made an announcement asking for all "able-bodied men" to come forward and deal with the emergency.
The plane landed around 10:30 p.m. in Oklahoma City, according to Delta's website. Delta spokesman Eric Zeugschmidt said crew and passengers helped detain the unruly passenger, and the aircraft landed "without incident" in Oklahoma. The passenger was removed by law enforcement.
"We apologize to our customers for the delay and any additional inconvenience this caused," Zeugschmidt said via email.
Also recently, a Delta flight from LA to Nashville reportedly tried to breach the cockpit, forcing the plane to divert and land in New Mexico, airport officials said. In May, a Southwest Airlines flight attendant was sent to hospital after a passenger punched her in the face.