Woman is arrested by FBI for injuring other passengers and flight crew

Farcical moment foul-mouthed ‘Karen’ attacks and spits at man, 80, for not wearing a mask while eating on Delta flight – even though SHE wasn’t wearing one either! FBI arrests her for attacking passengers AND crew

  • Delta passenger Patricia Cornwall was arrested by the FBI on Thursday after getting in a violent altercation with a male passenger for not putting his mask on
  • The older male passenger had been eating at the time before he was approached by Cornwall to ‘mask up’, who wasn’t wearing a mask
  • The pair shouted expletives at each other with Cornwall hitting, scratching and spitting at him during the altercation
  • She was then pulled to the back of the plane by crew members and other passengers where she was detained for the remainder of the flight
  • Cornwall was taken into custody when the plane reached Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
  • Other passengers and flight crew members reported also being injured as a result of the attack 

A female Delta passenger was arrested by the FBI after she was captured attacking a man on the flight for refusing to put his mask on while he was eating.

Patricia Cornwall was on a Thursday flight from Tampa to Atlanta when the altercation took place which also involved the injury of several other passengers as well as flight crew members. Despite rounding on the man, who said he was 80, for not wearing his mask, Cornwall was filmed with hers off too during the lengthy and fractious confrontation, which ultimately became physically violent. 

Cornwall was seen hitting, scratching and spitting at the older male passenger as the pair exchanged expletives after she approached him for not wearing his mask.

Following the brief violent interaction, she was then escorted to the back of the plane by flight attendants and was arrested at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport by Atlanta police.

It remains unclear how the other passengers and flight crew members were injured., and how severe those wounds were.  

Delta passenger Patricia Cornwall was captured getting into a violent altercation with a man on a flight from Tampa to Atlanta on Thursday after he refused to put his mask up

The older male passenger had been eating at the time when he was approached by Cornwall who told him to ‘mask up’ 

Cornwall was captured hitting and scratching the passenger during the altercation

In the video captured by ATL Uncensored, Cornwall is seen angrily confronting the man for not wearing his mask even though he had taken it off to eat.

‘Put your f***ing mask on,’ Cornwall tells the man as the pair continue to go back and forth with another.

After continuously refusing to comply with her demands, Cornwall then aggressively tells him ‘stand your a** up!’

‘Sit down Karen!’ he yells his response as flight crew members approach the fighting pair in an attempt to get them to calm down.

She then demands the crew to help her as she repeatedly barks ‘Tell him to mask up’

A male flight crew member also demands Cornwall put her mask up as she continues to request that they ask him to put his up.

‘You put your mask down b**ch’ the man responds as her mask is seen lowered below her chin. 

‘Did you call me a b**ch?’ she asks as she gets closer to him.

 After he responds ‘Yes I did’ she is then seen smacking and scratching him in the face.

‘Now you’re going to jail’, the man says. ‘That’s assault.’

The pair had gotten aggressive over the course of the fight as they shouted expletives at one another

Cornwall also spit on the man as flight crew members attempted to pull her away 

The pair continue to shout expletives at each other as a female flight attendant starts to pull Cornwall away.

She then spits on the man as the attendant and other flight crew members attempt to bring her to the back of the plane.

She continues to ask the flight crew members to get the man to put his mask on as hers still remains under her chin.

‘I will put my mask up when you put your mask up!’ she shouts angrily before being escorted by flight crew as well as other passengers.

Cornwall was then taken into custody upon arrival by the police after passengers informed them of what she did during the flight.

She was escorted into the local precinct where she remained in custody. 

‘Flight 2790 from Tampa to Atlanta was met by law enforcement after an unruly customer disturbance during flight,’ Delta said in a statement to DailyMail.com.

‘Situations like these are rare for the vast majority of our customers and Delta has zero tolerance for unruly behavior at our airports and aboard our aircraft.’

Cornwall repeatedly demanded that flight crew members force the male passenger to put his mask up

Despite her demands, she was also reminded to pull her own mask up as it remained below her chin during most of the fight

In terms of Delta’s mask policy, a mask must be worn at all times during the flight except when eating, drinking, or taking oral medication.

However, a mask must not remain below the nose and mouth for an extended period of time as it must be put on properly in between bites and sips.

The only other acceptable reason for taking it off is to put on an oxygen mask in the event of an emergency or for medical exemption purposes.

This flight-related incident comes after Dr Anthony Fauci told US travelers on Sunday that removing masks on an airplane is ‘not something we should even be considering’ due to the recent surge in cases and the presence of the new Omicron variant. 

 ‘We want to make sure people keep their masks on. I think the idea of taking masks off, in my mind, is really not something we should even be considering,’ Fauci told ABC.

Fauci also mentioned the possibility of a vaccine mandate for air travel as a further safety precaution.  

‘A vaccine requirement for a person getting on the plane is just another level of getting people to have a mechanism that would spur them to get vaccinated; namely, you can’t get on a plane unless you’re vaccinated, which is just another one of the ways of getting requirements, whatever that might be,’ he said. 

‘So I mean, anything that could get people more vaccinated would be welcome. But with regard to the spread of virus in the country, I mean, I think if you look at wearing a mask and the filtration on planes, things are reasonably safe.’

The Omicron variant has recently seen thousands of flights delayed or cancelled over the holiday weekend which had left passengers stranded in airports around the country.      

Delta’s mask policy only allows masks to be below the chin for eating, drinking and taking oral medication but must be put on properly between bites and sips

This incident comes during the surge of COVID cases and the presence of the Omicron variant which saw thousands of flights cancelled over the holiday weekend

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