Crew Fistfight Diverts Flight: Report
A Delta Air Lines flight from LAX to MSP last week diverted to Salt Lake City after what is reported to have been a crew fistfight — involving at least two flight attendants. The Aviation Herald is reporting the captain of Flight 2598 headed the Boeing 757 for Salt Lake Jan. 22 after two flight attendants were in a dispute that got physical. Another woman (it’s not clear if she was a Delta employee) reportedly got between them and got a knuckle sandwich for her trouble. That’s when the purser decided to send them back to their corners by letting the captain in on the situation. The Herald said the captain reportedly told air traffic control that he “wanted to hear from his flight attendants.” An email request late Sunday for comment from Delta was not immediately answered.
After 80 minutes on the ground in Salt Lake the aircraft left for Minneapolis, according to FlightAware. It’s not clear if the combatants continued the flight or whether Delta managed to replace them in a little more than an hour in Salt Lake. Passengers reportedly got a letter from the airline apologizing for bringing UFC to the cabin saying “… some of our team members did not display their best behavior. We expect our flight crew to be nothing but courteous and professional at all times and what you experienced was far from that. I am sorry we didn’t deliver on our brand promise for you today.” The flight was about 75 minutes late getting into MSP, according to FlightAware.