Transcript for Passengers overpower man allegedly attempting overtake plane
Back here at home, another terrifying incident in the skies. A delta flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta forced to land. Reports of unruly passengers skyrocketing. To record levels. This as more Americans return to flying. 2 million screened Friday. For the first time during the pandemic. Here's ABC's Kenneth Moton. Reporter: Tonight, a terrifying scene at the cockpit door of a delta flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta. Help me! Reporter: Authorities say an unruly passenger, 34-year-old stephon Jamar Duncan, an off-duty delta employee was experiencing a mental health episode and threatening to take down the plane, while assaulting two flight attendants. I was just like, he's going to take us out. Reporter: The pilot making an urgent announcement asking for strong males to help the crew subdue the passenger. Darren genet, in that grey shirt, leaping into action. We kind of got him down, and we were holding him down, and he was screaming and crying. Reporter: The plane forced to make an emergency landing in Oklahoma City before eventually continuing to Atlanta. The FAA says it's seen a record number of unruly passenger incidents. Out of the 2,900 reports since January 1st, 2,200 refusing to comply with the mask mandate. And just last week, a delta flight from L.A. To Nashville made an emergency stop after a passenger also tried to get into the cockpit. That man eventually restrained with zip ties. So many of these frightening cases here. Kenneth Moton is joining us now. Kenneth, we're hearing the FBI is questioning this man in this recent incident. And you're getting more information about potential charges? Reporter: Whit, Duncan is expected to to be charged with two counts of assault and battery with more charges pending. Interfering with flight crews can carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Whit? Okay, Kenneth, thank you.
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