So this is Air Line Fight Club, with a twist.
TMZ released video on Saturday of a Delta Air Line pilot striking a woman on the floor of a boarding ramp in Atlanta, last week.
Here’s the aforementioned twist: the woman might have needed it. She was already fighting.
From the Washington Post:
The Delta video, apparently taken using a cellphone, shows three people cursing at each other, then fighting on the Jetway as shocked passengers watch or scramble to get out of the way.
At one point, one of the fighters takes the other woman to the ground, then wraps her legs around her neck and head in an apparently choke hold. That is when the pilot, clad in his white shirt and pilot’s cap, walks over and tries to intervene. He grabs the woman’s wrist and strikes her, although it’s unclear whether he does it with an open or closed fist.
It looked like an open hand, like a nice, brisk, “Get ahold of yourself!” kind of thing.
I’m sure somebody is going to go freakout over this, but under the circumstances, I’d say let this one go. The man was obviously trying to break up a fight, not start one.
He forgot the first rule of Air Line Fight Club, apparently.
According to the TMZ piece, the women knew each other and had already gotten into one dust up, while on the airplane. This was just an incident that spilled over after the flight.
So far, it appears nobody will be getting charged, including the pilot who had had enough of their crap.
Delta spokesman Brian Kruse in a statement explained that the company saw no need to fire the pilot, since he was just trying to break up a fight.
“We became aware of this incident and a video last week and immediately removed the pilot from duty while we completed a thorough investigation,” Kruse said. “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 de-escalated an altercation between passengers on the Jetway floor during deplaning.”
And he’s right. I’ve watched the video several times. He wasn’t the crazy, out of control one. He was trying to stop the crazy, out of control ones.
You can check the video out for yourself, here, then let me know if Delta deserves to be added to the list of air lines in Air Line Fight Club.