Delta flight makes emergency landing in Oklahoma after Utah man headbutts flight attendant, reports say

SALT LAKE CITY — A Delta flight from Salt Lake City had to make an emergency landing in Oklahoma City after a drunk Utah man allegedly headbutted a flight attendant, according to news reports.

Derek Maas, of Clearfield, was taken into custody at Will Rogers Airport in Oklahoma City just after 1:45 a.m. Friday, according to The Oklahoman newspaper.

The captain of the plane, which was headed to Orlando, Florida, decided to have Maas removed from the flight to keep passengers and crew members safe, The Oklahoman reported.

Maas, 28, allegedly had asked for drinks on the flight. A flight attendant could tell from (Maass) behavior that he was intoxicated, and told the rest of his flight crew not to serve the man alcohol, The Oklahoman reported.

He became agitated when he was denied drinks on the plane, and later bargained with the flight attendant to be served two drinks, according to The Oklahoman. However, after downing them quickly, he demanded more, the newspaper said.

When flight crew members then denied him more drinks, Maas allegedly headbutted the flight attendant, The Oklahoman reported. The attendant then hit Maas as several passengers tried to restrain the man, the report said.

Maas eventually was restrained with zip-ties until the plane landed, according to reports. He remained uncooperative with police and jail officials, The Oklahoman said. He was booked into jail for investigation of public intoxication about 9:25 a.m. Friday, according to USA Today.

In a statement to USA Today, Delta Airlines officials applauded the professionalism of the flight crew and said the flight continued to Orlando, arriving about two hours late.

Early Friday morning, a Delta Air Lines red-eye flight from Salt Lake City to Orlando was forced to make an emergency landing in Oklahoma City due to an unruly passenger.

According to Oklahoma City Police, 28-year old Derek Maas, a passenger aboard Delta flight 2603, was heavily intoxicated and violently head-butted a flight attendant after his request for more alcohol was denied.

Maas reportedly began drinking before boarding the flight, but was no cause for concern to the safety of passengers and crew aboard.

At some point during the flight, Maas requested a drink, which was denied by a female flight attendant. Reports say the flight attendant eventually gave in after Maas insisted he would go to sleep after.

Unfortunately for all, that didnt happen. When Maas requested another drink and was denied, he began to verbally harass the female flight attendant. A male flight attendant attempted to step in, at which time Maas became very irate and head-butted the man, causing a fight to break out.

For the safety of all aboard, the pilot called in for an emergency landing at Will Rogers World Airport, where officers were waiting to arrest Maas, who was officially booked at 9:25 a.m. for public drunkenness.

The flight continued on to eventually reach its final destination in Orlando, albeit being two hours behind its original schedule.

Delta Air Lines released a statement to Newsweek regarding the incident saying, Delta applauds the quick action and professionalism of the crew of Delta Flight 2603 operating from Salt Lake City to Orlando which diverted to Oklahoma City after a customer became unruly and violent on board.

It went on to say, The crew restrained the customer and the flight was met by law enforcement in Oklahoma City, where he was removed and taken into custody. The flight continued to Orlando, arriving two hours past schedule. The safety and security of our customers and crew are always Deltas top priority.