A video has surfaced showing an airport police officer dragging a passenger by her wrists to the front of the plane, as her back drags along the carpeted aisle. The video then shows a second officer grabbing the passenger by the ankles to lift her towards the exit together with the other officer.
The passenger was removed from the flight departing from Detroit for failing to comply "with boarding and baggage check procedures," Delta Air Lines said today.
The video has gone viral after first appearing on YouTube, and was posted by a user account owned by Rene deLambert, who also runs a travel blog.
The flight was scheduled to depart Detroit for San Diego on Monday morning, according to the airline. The woman in the video has not yet been identified.
One passenger can be overheard on the video saying "oh my god" as the passenger is dragged away.
Trebor Banstetter, a spokesperson for Delta, told ABC News that the passenger had failed to comply with boarding and baggage check procedures prior to boarding.
Following that, Delta contacted airport police who dragged the woman out, said Banstetter, who also forwarded the following company statement.
"Delta flight 2083 DTW to SAN incurred a slight departure delay due to a passenger not complying with boarding and baggage check procedures. The passenger was removed by local law enforcement and the flight was able to continue without further incident," the statement said.
Banstetter referred ABC News to airport police regarding questions about how the incident was handled. Airport police did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.
Airport officials told The Associated Press today that charges are pending against the woman.
Wayne County, Michigan, prosecutor’s office spokeswoman Maria Miller told the AP that the case is being reviewed by the city attorney in Romulus, Michigan, the suburb where the airport is located.
It is unclear at this time what charges she might face regarding the incident.