Woman dragged off Delta flight pleads guilty

Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News

A University of Michigan assistant professor who was dragged off a flight at Detroit Metro in December pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct and paid a $495 ticket in the case.

Rhima Coleman

In turn, the case against Rhima Coleman was dismissed by Romulus District Court Judge David Parrott.

Coleman was dragged off a Delta flight by an officer for allegedly failing to follow boarding procedures, according to authorities. The flight was bound from Detroit to San Diego on. Dec. 19.

The incident, which was captured on video and went viral, drew criticism over the treatment of Coleman.

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 Coleman being pulled off the plane by her hands and feet by “local law enforcement,” according to a Delta statement.

According to a statement from Detroit Metro Airport, “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.”

Coleman is an assistant professor in UM’s College of Engineering.

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