Airlines

Delta defends pilot smacking brawling female passenger in video

Delta Airlines is defending a pilot who was caught on video smacking a female passenger involved in a brawl with another passenger.

TMZ reported Saturday that the 27-second video appears to show the pilot trying to separate two women passengers as they wrestled on the jetway floor.

Their plane had just landed on April 21 at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta.

The video shows the pilot grabbing one of them by the arm and hitting her, TMZ reported. The pilot then walks away.

A man is also heard yelling, “Knock it off.”

TMZ reported that a Delta employee turned over the video to a supervisor right away.

In response to the story, a Delta representative told TMZ that the pilot was suspended last week after the airline became aware of the incident and the video.

“The pilot has since been returned to work as our investigation found that his actions deescalated an altercation between passengers on the jetway floor during deplaning,” the representatives was quoted as saying.

TMZ reported that the women appeared to have known each other and had gotten into a “skirmish” on the flight.

Neither woman wanted to press charges when cops showed up, according to TMZ.