In Video, Delta Pilot Hits Woman in Fight
Airline standing by him, says he 'deescalated altercation'
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2017 8:37 AM CDT
In this Oct. 13, 2016 file photo, a Delta Air Lines jet sits at a gate at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)

(Newser) – A lot of people, it seems, are having a hard time behaving themselves around airplanes: The latest example involves Delta Air Lines, reports TMZ, and an April 21 video in which two female passengers are fighting after getting off a flight in Atlanta. A pilot enters the fray, grabs one of the women by the elbow, and appears to smack her, reports the New York Times. But Delta, which suspended the unnamed pilot while it "completed a thorough investigation," is standing by its man: "The pilot has since been returned to work as our investigation found that his actions deescalated an altercation between passengers." Neither woman wanted to press charges.

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