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8-Hour Delay Results In Violence & Frustration Aboard Delta Airlines Flight

By Stephanie Ogbogu

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A massively long weather delay resulted in a brawl between passengers and several frustrated travelers in search of answers.

It all went down on Thursday night before Delta Airlines flight 2385 left JFK Airport in New York for Miami, FL. The plane was grounded for a total of 8 hours and within that time, chaos ensued. Passengers shared videos on Twitter, complaining of the extreme delay, lack of food and water, and absolutely no real answers from the flight crew.

At one point a fight between passengers broke out. Police officers were called to the aircraft but no passengers were removed from the plane.

“This has gotten out of control — there are people fighting each other and it’s gotten both verbal and physical,” one passenger tweeted. “Police are on the plane! Complete chaos! I understand weather delays and we all want to be safe but this is not about weather but about how Delta has handled it.”

“Passenger on the flight. It’s miserable,” another passenger shared on Twitter. “Started as a weather delay, then turned into an air traffic delay, then became a refueling delay. Flight attendants have admitted this is chaos and they know nothing. Claimed the gate crew ditched us at one point.”

In a statement to CBS News, a Delta representative says the flight was “delayed due to weather in both Miami and New York,” They went on to say, “Customers were offered both water and snack service while on the tarmac and were also offered the chance to take a bus back to the terminal given the plane was parked on a remote pad for quite some time.” 

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