Delta #DL2603 made an emergency at Oklahoma City after passenger headbutts flight attendant

A violent passenger had to be removed from a red-eye flight after headbutting a flight attendant, according to Oklahoma City police.

Early Friday, Derek Maas, a passenger on a Delta Airlines flight from Salt Lake City to Orlando, was arrested in Oklahoma City. The plane made an emergency landing at Will Rogers World Airport and Maas, 28, was booked at 9:25 am, according to the Oklahoma County inmate query.

What led to the ejection? Maas was “extremely drunk” and belligerent, assistant public information officer Sgt. Gary Knight tells USA TODAY. Maas had been drinking before boarding the plane, and asked for more beverages on the flight.

Delta, in their statement to USA TODAY, said it “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…The flight continued to Orlando, arriving two hours past schedule.”

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