Delta Airlines is defending a pilot who was caught on video slapping the arm of a female passenger involved in a brawl with another pax.
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 ATL.
The video shows the pilot grabbing one of them by the arm and hitting her, TMZ reported. The pilot then appears to think better of getting involved in the affray and 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 after the airline became aware of the incident and the video. But he’s back, as the airline believes he did nothing wrong.
“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 representative was quoted as saying.
Neither woman wanted to press charges when cops showed up.