A woman was hauled off a flight in Detroit by her limbs Monday in an incident that was captured on cellphone video by other passengers.
Delta Flight 2083 was preparing to depart from Detroit Metropolitan Airport to travel to San Diego around 8 a.m. when officials say it was delayed due to a woman “not complying with boarding and baggage check procedures.”
Passengers say a woman had walked right past the gate agents at the terminal without showing a ticket or proper identification before seating herself on the plane, according to NBC affiliate WDIV-TV. When Delta personnel found the woman and approached her, she refused to move or comply with the standard security procedures, authorities said.
Airport police were called in, and after repeatedly ignoring officers’ requests to leave aircraft, the woman was manually removed by local law enforcement, Delta spokesperson Anthony Black said.
Cellphone video captured from inside the cabin and provided by the Renés Points blog show the woman laying seemingly lifeless as she was dragged down the center aisle by her arms as multiple officers carried her from the back of the plane to the front exit:
Another woman was traveling with the unruly passenger at the time, WDIV-TV reports, and can be seen in the video voluntarily getting up and exiting behind her as she is hoisted away.
The passenger, whose identity has not been released, was taken into police custody, officials said. Charges were pending Tuesday morning.
Black said after the woman was removed the flight was able to continue without further incident, landing at its destination of San Diego International Airport after only a slight delay.