Vice President of Internal Audit Treasury Finance at Citibank, Blake Adam Fleisig, 35, and his girlfriend, Anna Christine Koosmann, 36, have both been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct following a fight that broke out shortly after take-off on Wednesday evening.
Delta Flight 2565, departing from Minneapolis to Los Angeles, was forced to turn back after only 20 minutes when Fleisig and Koosmann had an altercation with the flight crew. Daily Mail Online reports that the crew claimed the couple was “disruptive” and did not obey orders.
Allegedly, chaos ensued when Koosmann got up to use the restroom after takeoff and was told by flight attendants to return to her seat, says one eyewitness. Fleisig and Koosmann “became aggressive” and proceeded to cause a disruption in the cabin, which resulted in pilots having to divert the plane back to Minneapolis-St Paul Airport around 7:25pm on Wednesday, says reports.
Although this would be the beginning of their troubles, as a Delta passenger’s video shows the couple becoming combative toward a seated passenger and cursing as they were escorted off the plane by police.
In the video, you can see two officers running down the aisle and yelling, “stop, stop, stop!” and “stay down” as they attempt to control the escalating situation. Meanwhile, another passenger screams, “Just let them get off the plane!” and other bystanders are using their cellphones to record the drama as it unfolds.
One officer who has her detained exclaims, “You’re already going to jail,” and her reply is, “Why? For what? For what?'” as she’s being led off the plane and applause breaks out.
Pat Hogan, a Metropolitan Airports Commission spokesperson, told Daily Mail Online that it is still being investigated by airport police and the FBI as to why the fight broke out while the plane was in the air. They further report that Fleisig was arrested with resistance and faces one charge of disorderly conduct with fighting.
He was released on Wednesday night. Koosmann remains in custody at the Hennepin County Detention Center.
Watch the video below of Fleisig allegedly attacking another passenger as he is being escorted off the plane:
WARNING: Strong language in video.
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