Unruly Off-Duty Delta Flight Attendant Choked a Crew Member, Claimed to be Seated Next to a Terrorist, Says Police Report

By Kurt Stolz on 14 June 2021
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The unruly off-duty flight attendant who commandeered the public-address system on a Delta Air Lines flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta Friday reportedly choked a member of the crew and told individuals on the flight he was seated next to a terrorist before he was subdued, according to the police report.

Delta Flight 1730 was en route from Los Angeles to Atlanta when the incident on board the Airbus A321 took place. 

Stephon Jamar Duncan of Atlanta forced the flight to divert to Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City and was subdued by passengers and other crew members who heeded the call of the captain over the PA asking for “all able-bodied men” to come to the front of the plane for an emergency, subduing the errant flight attendant.

The new details were made public by a police arrest report made by the Oklahoma City Police Department, which also said that, when Duncan was taken into custody, he had a “minor abrasion on his forehead” and “complained of chest pains and other ailments.” He was taken to hospital for evaluation. 

One passenger, Benjamin Curlee, said on TikTok that the PA announcement made everyone “extremely tense.”

Passengers on the flight told reporters that the man was oddly dressed and was wearing a helmet as well as elbow and knee pads.

The flighthad departed from Los Angeles International Airport at 5:52 p.m. and landed at Will Rogers World Airport at 10:30 p.m. local time. It finally departed for Atlanta at 1:57 a.m. and arrived there with the remaining passengers on board at 5:09 a.m.

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