A Delta flight on the eve of Thanksgiving was interrupted by a racist rant 30,000 feet in the air.
Atlanta police told USA TODAY that passenger David Toaff, 37, shouted remarks that fellow travelers interpreted as anti-Semitic during a flight from Washington, D.C., to Atlanta Wednesday.
“Preliminary information indicates that while in flight… a male was yelling, asking Jewish people on board to identify themselves and making remarks about bombings to passengers aboard the aircraft,” Officer Lisa Bender said.
Authorities were waiting for Toaff at the gate once the plane landed at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport last night. “Local law enforcement met flight 1822 (DCA-ATL) in Atlanta due to a customer’s behavior onboard the flight,” Delta Airlines spokesperson Adrian Gee confirmed in a statement to USA TODAY.
Authorities said Toaff was uncooperative and refused to calm down, despite officer’s requests. He was ultimately detained after “continuing the disturbance” and resisting arrest.
“The male was taken into custody and charged with obstruction and disorderly conduct. He was transported to the Clayton County Jail,” Bender added.
Another passenger, Jordan Dale, recorded Toaff’s encounter with the Atlanta police after landing.
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