A Delta Airlines flight made an emergency landing early Friday morning in Oklahoma City, after a passenger attacked a flight attendant, according to police.
Officers responded just before 2 a.m. to a report of a pending emergency landing at Will Rogers World Airport. Delta flight 2603, which was headed from Salt Lake City to Orlando, had called for an emergency landing at the OKC airport due to a violent and unruly passenger.
JUST IN: A Delta Airlines flight from Salt Lake City to Orlando made an emergency landing in OKC overnight. Police say a passenger on the plane head-butted a flight attendant when he refused to serve him more alcohol.
— Jonathan Cooper (@KOCOCooper) September 21, 2018
The passenger, 28-year-old Derek Edward Maas, had been restrained, but police said the captain determined that he needed to be removed from the flight to ensure the safety of the passengers and crew.
Officers said Maas was very unsteady on his feet, had red, watery eyes and lost his balance when he walked toward the officer. Police said Maas had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath.
Crew members told police that initially, Maas appeared intoxicated, but they did not believe he was dangerous. After being served two alcoholic drinks, Maas demanded more and a flight attendant refused. That’s when Maas became verbally abusive to one flight attendant, and “headbutted” another one.
With the assistance of several other passengers, the flight attendants were able to get Maas under control and restrain him.
Police said while being taken to jail, Maas admitted to drinking alcoholic beverages before boarding the plane.
Maas was booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on a complaint of public drunkenness.