Delta Flight Attendant Zip Ties Hijacker: The brave efforts of a Delta flight attendant and passengers who tackled and then held a would-be hijacker with zip ties saved passengers on a flight from Los Angeles to Nashville.
The flight was en route to Tennessee on Friday, June 4, 2021, when a guy attempted to penetrate the plane’s cockpit. Thankfully, crew members and passengers reacted quickly enough to prevent him from doing so, and video footage from the incident provides an insight into the tense situation.
Delta flight attendant zip-tying a would-be hijacker
Grace Chalmers, a passenger on Flight 386, told CNN that the man “apparently unprovoked, suddenly got up and approached the pilot’s cabin and began knocking on the doors.”
According to Chalmers, the man was kept for about 20 minutes until the jet was able to make an emergency landing at the Albuquerque International Sunport.
Delta said in a statement that “thanks to the crew and passengers of Delta Airplane 386… who cooperated in arresting a rowdy passenger as the flight diverted to Albuquerque.” “The plane landed safely, and the passenger was detained by law authorities.”
Following the June 4 incident, footage of a flight attendant using zip ties to hold the hijacker went popular on social media.
Twitter user @1WaySuggs posted a video of a Delta flight attendant restraining the suspected hijacker, “FLIGHT ATTENDANTS, I RESPECT Y’ALL.”
Another video of the man being seized by a Delta flight attendant and having his wrists zip-tied has gone viral as well.
Another passenger in the third row on the trip posted a video of the experience, in which the man can be heard screaming, “Stop this plane!” as he is restrained on the ground by multiple staff members.
“It was terrifying, but our Delta flight attendant Christopher Williams responded quickly.” “As did several other passengers in my vicinity,” Jessica Robertson tweeted. “We’re safe, but we’re still in Albuquerque.” “I hope @delta gets Chris all the credit and bonuses he deserves.”
Following the incident, a photo provided by another passenger shows the Delta employee (probably Christopher Williams) seated with his head dropped.
They captioned the photo, “This man deserves an honour.” “I literally just rescued the plane.”
At the time of the claimed attempted hijacking, the Delta Flight had 162 passengers and six crew members on board. According to the Associated Press, after the jet landed in Albuquerque, airport police took the man into custody before handing him over to the FBI. There were no injuries recorded.
We salute the brave Delta personnel and passengers who used zip ties to confine the would-be hijacker. This narrative could have ended quite differently if it hadn’t been for their prompt reactions.