Moment when flight attendants tackle Delta passenger who ‘tried to squeeze their way into cockpit’

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A passenger on a Delta Air Lines flight from Los Angeles to Nashville was captured on video allegedly trying to break into the cockpit while flight attendants tackled him and held him in zip ties.

Delta Flight 386 was diverted to Albuquerque, where it landed around 2:20 p.m. and the man was arrested by airport police, JACKET TV reported. No one was injured in the incident.

The remaining passengers spent five hours at Albuquerque International Sunport before another flight arrived to take them to Nashville.

“The passenger was unsuccessful. The plane landed safely and the passenger was removed by police and the FBI. He is now in custody,” Delta said in a statement to KOAT-TV.

Delta Flight 386 from Los Angeles to Nashville was diverted to Albuquerque after an unruly passenger tried to breach the cockpit

Delta Flight 386 from Los Angeles to Nashville was diverted to Albuquerque after an unruly passenger tried to breach the cockpit

Flight attendant Christopher Williams, pictured in purple, has been shown for his heroic actions in detaining the man, whose identity has not been revealed

Flight attendant Christopher Williams, pictured in purple, has been shown for his heroic actions in detaining the man, whose identity has not been revealed

Flight attendant Christopher Williams, pictured in purple, has been shown for his heroic actions in detaining the man, whose identity has not been revealed

Another flight crew member is pictured handing the yellow zippers to someone else on the flight while Williams and two other passengers hold him to the ground

Another flight crew member is pictured handing the yellow zippers to someone else on the flight while Williams and two other passengers hold him to the ground

Williams and two men are in the photo trying to stop the man who had tried to break through the cockpit

Williams and two men are in the photo trying to stop the man who had tried to break through the cockpit

The man was successfully placed in zip ties and carried to the rear of the aircraft and away from the cockpit

The man was successfully placed in zip ties and carried to the rear of the aircraft and away from the cockpit

The man was successfully placed in zip ties and carried to the rear of the aircraft and away from the cockpit

People have since praised flight attendant Christopher Williams for his heroic actions in detaining the man, whose identity has not been revealed. Williams was identified as the flight attendant by a woman named Jessica Robertson, who was on the run.

Cell phone footage posted to Twitter shows Williams grappling with the man, who is behind a row of seats and out of view of the camera. Another video shows Williams successfully putting his hands behind his back and into zippers.

In another video, the unruly man can be heard repeatedly “stop this plane” as Williams and two other men at the cockpit hold him to the ground.

A photo posted after the encounter shows Williams sweating with his face buried in his clasped hands.

In another photo, the Delta employee sits with his hands together and his head bowed.

“This man needs an award. Just saved the plane,” @NoKapRich wrote with the photo.

Video taken by Robertson, who was sitting in the third row, shows people dragging the man to the back of the plane and away from the cockpit.

Flight attendant Christopher Williams acted quickly. So did several passengers around me,” Robertson wrote.

The FBI field office in Albuquerque tweeted that the agency responded at the New Mexico airport and that there was no threat to the public.

Williams and other passengers are seen putting the man in zip ties

Williams and other passengers are seen putting the man in zip ties

The man was successfully placed in zip ties and carried to the rear of the aircraft and away from the cockpit

The man was successfully placed in zip ties and carried to the rear of the aircraft and away from the cockpit

The man was successfully placed in zip ties and carried to the rear of the aircraft and away from the cockpit

The man could be heard yelling 'stop the plane' as he tried to get into the cockpit

The man could be heard yelling ‘stop the plane’ as he tried to get into the cockpit

Since then, people have praised the flight attendant for his heroism and quick thinking

Since then, people have praised the flight attendant for his heroism and quick thinking

A photo posted after the encounter shows Williams sweating with his face buried in his clasped hands

A photo posted after the encounter shows Williams sweating with his face buried in his clasped hands

The incident came as the Federal Aviation Administration has been working to crack down on the recent attacks by unruly passengers.

Last month, the FAA fined an “abusive” JetBlue passenger $10,500 after he refused to wear a mask and “coughed and blew his nose into a blanket.”

The man, whose name was not revealed, had boarded a JetBlue flight from Ft. Lauderdale International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport on Dec. 27 when he began behaving unruly, according to an FAA press release.

The FAA also fined another JetBlue passenger $9,000 for “disrupting” a March 16 flight from Los Angeles International Airport to Newark Liberty International Airport.

While boarding the flight, the man yelled, hit the overhead bins and yelled swear words at the cabin crew, including threatening to harass a flight attendant throughout the flight,” the FAA claimed.

The FAA also fined another JetBlue passenger $9,000 for “disrupting” a March 16 flight from Los Angeles International Airport to Newark Liberty International Airport.

While boarding the flight, the man yelled, hit the overhead bins and yelled swear words at the cabin crew, including threatening to harass a flight attendant throughout the flight,” the FAA claimed.

In a press release last month, the FAA said the agency has received about 2,500 reports of unruly passenger behavior since January.

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