Video showing a Delta Air Lines pilot #smacking a woman who was fighting with another passenger at the Atlanta airport has emerged.
TMZ reported the incident occurred on April 21 after the plane landed at the airport and passengers were deplaning Flight 1827, which flies between Atlanta and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
According to reports, two women had gotten into an earlier altercation on the plane began fighting. The Delta pilot grabbed one of the women by the arm and struck her with his hand to “release a choke hold”.
According to Delta, the pilot was removed from duty, but has since returned.
A Delta spokesperson gave a statement to TMZ:
“We became aware of this incident and a video last week and immediately removed the pilot from duty while we completed a thorough investigation. Local law enforcement was called to respond at the time of the incident. The pilot has since been returned to work as our investigation found that his actions deescalated an altercation between passengers on the jetway floor during deplaning.”
Neither of the women wanted to press charges against anyone.
Donnell Rawlings says it was totally avoidable if people would just do a few simple things onboard the aircraft.