A video obtained and posted by TMZ shows a Delta pilot hitting a female passenger in an attempt to break up a fight that occurred inside a jetway at the Atlanta airport as passengers were deplaning. The flight originated in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on April 21. In a statement, Delta said it investigated the incident and immediately sidelined the pilot, but found that he acted appropriately by breaking up the fight. “We became aware of this incident and a video last week and immediately removed the pilot from duty while we completed a thorough investigation. Local law enforcement was called to respond at the time of the incident,” the statement reads. “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.” TMZ reports that the women know each other and were involved in an altercation earlier during the flight. The women reportedly do not plan to press charges.
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