In an incident which appears to have occurred at the end of January, police bodycam footage has been shared online of an officer removing a passenger from a Delta flight prior to departure over mask non-compliance.
Usually we see cell phone video from other passengers of someone being taken off the plane. Rarely do we see what happens before that – the discussion between officer and cabin crew – or after, when the passenger is back in the police vehicle or finally at the police station.
In this video you’ll watch a passenger getting removed from a Delta flight, from the officer’s point of view. He boards, asks a flight attendant what they’re looking to do, and then approaches the woman who won’t wear a mask. She appears intoxicated to me. She says she’s going to comply and then… doesn’t.
She feels she needs to speak, and that she’s ‘going to get arrested anyway so why not?’ she figures. Then she debates whether it’s appropriate for the officer to place his hands on her since she’s a human. And she declares what’s happening “is not healing.”
Then she tries to broker a deal. The officer had said if she doesn’t get off the plane voluntarily she’d be arrested, therefore she says:
- If she gets off the plane she won’t be arrested, based on his statement
- “So you as a cop should have to honor that” (Police are, however, permitted to lie to you)
She’s taken by the arm and walked off the plane, then handcuffed on the jet bridge. They walk her out into the terminal and down to the apron where a police vehicle was waiting. Inside the police cruiser she talks to herself about her life situation.
Back at the station she threatens everyone because her mom is a social worker.
(HT:: Ken A)