updated 4/4/2007 12:36:05 PM ET 2007-04-04T16:36:05

A Honolulu-bound Delta Air Lines Inc. jet was diverted to San Francisco when a female passenger became unruly after smoking in the lavatory, federal officials said.

  1. Don't miss these Travel stories
    1. Lords of the gourd compete for Punkin Chunkin honors

      With teams using more than 100 unique apparatuses to launch globular projectiles a half-mile or more, the 27th annual World Championship Punkin Chunkin event is our pick as November’s Weird Festival of the Month.

    2. Airports, airlines work hard to return your lost items
    3. Expert: Tourist hordes threaten Sistine Chapel's art
    4. MGM Grand wants Las Vegas guests to Stay Well
    5. Report: Airlines collecting $36.1B in fees this year

Delta Flight 511 from Cincinnati, Ohio was over the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday when the passenger had "a complete meltdown freakout," said a fellow passenger who called The Associated Press from the tarmac at San Francisco International Airport.

The flight was turned around after a pilot tried to quell the disturbance, said Elizabeth Oglesby of Atlanta.

"She appeared to be out of her mind. Upset. Belligerent," Oglesby said. "He threatened to handcuff her if she didn't calm down. At that point she hit him in the chest."

Delta spokeswoman Chris Kelly said the pilot was not struck.

The woman was taken to the hospital by ambulance after the plane landed.

Officials with the Transportation Security Administration and Federal Aviation Administration did not immediately release the name of the passenger and it was not clear if she would face criminal charges. It is a federal crime to smoke on a commercial flight.

Kelly said the Boeing 767 landed safely and resumed its flight about an hour later.

© 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Discuss:

Discussion comments

,

Most active discussions

  1. votes comments
  2. votes comments
  3. votes comments
  4. votes comments