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LAX-Bound Flight Makes Emergency Landing In OKC After Man Assaults Flight Attendant, Air Marshal

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A Delta flight bound for Los Angeles was forced to make an emergency landing in Oklahoma City Thursday night after a male passenger assaulted a flight attendant and an air marshal, authorities said. The passenger, identified as 35-year-old Ariel Pennington of Washington, D.C., was booked into the Oklahoma City Jail on complaints of disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. The investigation is ongoing, and he could potentially face federal charges, however. ( More...

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Spencer Hoefer 29
Perfect since they landed in OKC they can taxi straight to the Con Air detention facility on the the other side of the airfield and drop him off.
william baker 9
The probably did LOL I mean they did say he went to jail for the evening.
dkenna 14
Delta 342…..operated by Spirit 214.

Doesn’t matter what airline you fly, people can just be flat out morons.
Gregg Bender 7
Trust me, after twenty five years as a ground operations supervisor, I know.
good job flight attendant and air marsahll! there have been far too many of these assaults ,and this person was crazy enough to attack a person who happened to be an air marshall!alcohol seems to always factor into these crazy people screaming or acting up..its not just the mask issue,and the story says the man was screaming about other things...
Lois Lettini 5
And while thinking about it - who knows what other drugs these people may be mixing with alcohol.
jbermo 9
The &$%^# press NEVER reports on the sentencing that results from these crimes.
ken young 17
It is time for the federal government to get is collective head out of it's posterior on this issue.
Start by forgoing local or state charges and proceed directly to federal prosecution.
With that, the likelihood of incarceration increases as the burden of proof in federal court cannot be constrained by state courts that consider such inanities as " state of mind" or the financial or demographic status of the defendant
First off though, any person who commits such an act should be hearby banned from all future air travel.
No exceptions
John Wright 8
As a passenger only, and I rarely fly now days, the memories of flights past that were made miserable for our family was always caused by someone drinking. From TV reality shows, police ride along type shows and the news it seems to me that drinks in airports and on the plane should not be served. I also think that if a quick test could be put in place to detect drug use it might help greatly. People today do not act as they did back in the 70's when I flew for business. Each seem to feel rules are not for them, but are for others. Thank you to all the Pilots, Flight Attendants and ground crews for a job well done in todays climate. Merry Christmas
Cindy Savage 5
I live in CO but I work in TX as an ER doc. I have flown throughout the pandemic. I can assure you, the folks who fly the DEN-HOU or DEN-IAH route with me are all well behaved. I would stress remembering our media thrives on salaciousness and clickbait. A majority of your fellow citizens are polite and compliant with air crews. In fact, yesterday, a majority of them joined me in thanking the aircrew as we disembarked…
I drink to That
patrick baker 12
this incident fits perfectly into the newly offered statement from FAA that they would not tolerate this kind of behavior. Lets all watch this agency as it demonstrates what lack of tolerance for this behavior really looks like: arrest, confinenment before a hearing, charges brought, bail discussions, and date for hearing and trial, then if convicted, some prison time. Otherwise, quit acting the tough guy....There are plenty more just like this incident, so get some practice in fulfilling your charter and enforcing your regulations.
Alcolhol in bars and restaurants does not put 200+ people at risk. There are cops, bouncers, and the ability to eject the drunken bums. Get real, do your boozing elsewhere, who needs drunks on aircraft, nobody.
Greg Cotten 5
The return of personal responsibility will be a long road until a (or many) courageous leaders get elected and trickle down the concept through legislation, judge rulings, and administration policy and procedures.

I for one am 100% behind it and the “carrot and stick” method should be applied.

If a convicted child molester cannot hang out by a pre-school, then it is not a stretch to ban a convicted unruly felony assault passenger from aviation…why is the connection so hard to see?

As Spock says, “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few”
Cindy Savage 1
“Personal responsibility” has too long been a stick that Repub voters club other ppl with. Given that a significant majority of antivaxxers and anti maskers, as well as 1/6 insurrectionists, are white, the issue isn’t “personal responsibility”, it is entitlement. I just admitted a 70 plus year old man with Covid. His daughter stated we were not to use either remdesivir or dexamethasone in his care, two drugs proven to help Covid pneumonia. Fortunately, she did not threaten to sue us to force us to use ivermectin. He was already taking it and, surprise, it didn’t work. Isaac Asimov wasn’t the first to note that Americans equate ignorance with expertise, he is just remembered for saying it best
greg cotten 2
Well Cindy, that went political fast; Republicans, white, old, man, entitled…talk about all the right words!

Rest assured as a medical professional you are safe with your oath, “Do no harm” if you honor the misguided desires of someone to shun medication!

When old white unvaccinated republican men die of Covid, I am the first one to say “told you so” instead of “that is sad”
ADXbear 7
Good thing AM was aboard.. I say stop Alcohol sales at airports, and through the book at these azz clowns.. bab from flying any airline for 10 years.
TVLInc 10
…”He was yelling for almost an hour about BLM and being enslaved by the white man. It had NOTHING to do with not wearing a mask. He was upset he wasn’t being served alcohol anymore.”

How about Personal Responsibility!? Hold people accountable for their actions! Without a consequence those poorly behaving are emboldened, and continue, and escalate - enforce a consequence and deter this! Punishing a majority who have not acted inappropriately does NOTHING to curb the bad behaviour. How is it reasonable or productive to do the opposite, and punish those who haven’t done anything?!? Disgusting. I think there is an entire group of people who are fed-up with this nonsense!!!
Neil Ward 4
I presume you mean "throw"
Lewis Tripp 3
Amen to that, bear
godutch 11
Don't F it up for the rest of the flying public who know how to behave. Your suggestion is very liberesque/leftist and there is no reason to punish the VAST MAJORITY of behave citizens...even those who can handle a drink or two. Why is it you people let a few assholes F up everything. Just STFU and concentrate on those who violate the law.
Mark Kortum 4
Well said.
David Beattie 3
Actually, prohibition was led by the moralist, religious right wing conservatives. But go ahead, rewrite history.
Gregg Bender 1
Leave the politics out, please. I was an airline supervisor for twenty years. Fix be surprised at how many drunks can hide their condition well enough for a few minutes to get by an agent. Every time this happens, you can bet the agents involved are questioned and possibly disciplined.
godutch 1
Bandrunner 3
I prefer burlesque, but whatever floats your boat.
Atanu Dey 5
Oh OK. Since some people get drunk in restaurants, I say alcohol sales should be banned in restaurants. I have also heard reports of people getting drunk in bars. The government should ban alcohol in bars. Prohibition did not work the last time but this time it sure will.
Mark Kortum 6
Don't leave out banning it in homes within 12 hours of a scheduled airline flight. I heard some people drink at home too.
ken young -2
Vapid comment.
Dismissed as such
KitBagJack -1
“Throw”; “ban”. Thank you.
Linda Allman 4
He was held overnight on a drunk and disorderly charge. He bonded out for $300 the next morning pending further charges. He probably boarded a flight to his original destination.
I apologize.
I was trying to post a link to a blog I recently wrote about this: “Insane On The Plane. What Can Land You In Federal Prison.”
But it didn’t post correctly. It’s time for change! This is ridiculous. People need to be federally prosecuted.
Torsten Hoff 4
Delta may bear some responsibility here -- either a gate agent allowed a drunk to board, or they over-served him during the flight. That's a safety risk during an emergency and should never have been allowed.
Michael Hawke 11
Or he brought it on board in his carry on and consumed it which is illegal but still happens.
mbrews 5
A good point. The DCA-LAX flight DAL342 usually operates with a B757-200, leaving Washington about 5 PM EST for a 6-hour transcon trip. The diversion to OKC happened about 8 PM Eastern, roughly 3 hours into the flight.

A great coincidence - search DAL342 on Flightaware's searchbar, The drop-down menu also shows DOJ342, a US Department of Justice PRISON TRANSPORT flight(not trackable)
Mark Kortum 5
I have seen clearly drunk persons allowed to board. The gate agents and flight attendants are placed in a difficult position to judge if the person is really inebriated or just appears so. I could even be that the passenger has a neurological condition. An error in this judgement would be lawsuit territory.
Jim Magee 1
As a non-drinker, I pose this question: could someone down a couple of drinks before boarding and not show any effects until sometime later, after the liquor gets into their system?
Jay Gunsauls 2
I think the other 137 souls on board and the airline company should have an automatic civil suit against the drunk for their trouble due to the interrupted flight, missed connections, etc. Imagine what this cost the company, double that and divide it by the number of passengers.
I've been on one of those flights where police had to board and take one passenger off, tased him on the ground when he resisted. The other six in his party were just as drunk as he was but kept their cool until the plane was off the ground, then resumed their behavior and made the entire flight hell for the rest of us. They were off-boarded first at our destination and met by the local constabulary. No justice in our eyes.
Highflyer1950 2
Age old problem. Booze and hypoxia make for a dangerous combination. Since you can’t run an airliner efficiently at a sea level cabin pressure you have eliminate the booze or severely restrict the amount served & consumed? The decision is easy, the will….not so much.
Michael Hawke 5
Many of the most recent incidents have been from alcohol that people bring on board with them. American Airlines is till having issues and doesn’t serve alcohol.
Mark Kortum 1
American does serve alcohol in Business/First.
Lois Lettini 0
That has been my thought also. Those who want to drink will find a way!! Now maybe security can check for alcohol prior to boarding? I always enjoyed a drink or two when flying, but have to admit that flying now leaves me with reservations because of what's happening on board.
Gregg Bender 1
Given the amount of assaults and such, I think that's a good idea. No alcohol in carry on bags. Yes, some will succeed in sneaking it through, but most won't.
Tom MacKinnon 1
The authorities should publish his name along with his picture. The people on that flight should have the ability to go after him for monetary damages just like the airline.
M20ExecDriver 1
Act up on an aircraft? Banned for life on ALL public transportation including trains and busses.
Huck Finn 1
Sounds like a hate crime to me.


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