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Video: Woman dragged off Delta flight at Detroit Metro

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

In an incident that’s been making its way around the internet Tuesday morning, a San Diego-bound woman was dragged off a flight at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus on Monday after boarding a plane without properly checking in, according to officials.

The video, sent to blogger Rene de Lambert, 49, by a reader of his RenesPoints.com website, which chronicles the experience of being a Delta Elite member and helps fellow members navigate the process to get the most out of their memberships, shows the woman being pulled off the plane by her hands and feet by what Delta said, in a statement, is “local law enforcement.”

In an incident that’s been making its way around the Internet on Tuesday morning, a San Diego-bound woman was dragged off a flight at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus on Monday after boarding a plane without checking in properly, according to officials.

According to a statement from Detroit Metro Airport, "At approximately 8 (a.m. Monday), Delta Air Lines contacted Detroit Metropolitan Airport’s police department requesting assistance with a passenger who would not comply with boarding and baggage check procedures at a McNamara Terminal gate. When officers arrived, Delta Air Lines stated the woman could not remain on board. Despite repeated requests by officers, the woman refused to leave the aircraft and had to be removed. She was arrested and charges are pending."

De Lambert called Delta’s response “normal” and said that what the woman was accused of, boarding a plane without being checked in, is “dangerous; there’s a reason you scan in — to know who’s on the flight.”

As for the woman, de Lambert said “that’s not how you want to leave a flight.”

The woman was cited and is expected to face charges for violating airport ordinances, including failure to leave an aircraft, a spokesperson for Detroit Metro Airport said.

jdickson@detroitnews.com