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Andrea Romano
July 10, 2017

A passenger attempted to open an exit door during a flight from Seattle to Beijing causing a mid-air incident, The Washington Post reported.

A 23-year-old man was flying first class on a Delta Air Lines flight that departed Seattle around 5 p.m. on Thursday. After about an hour in the air, he went to the lavatory. When he came out, he lunged toward an exit door and tried to pry it open.

Flight attendants and passengers tried to subdue him, and at one point, another passenger who was trying to overpower him was repeatedly punched in the face and hit with a wine bottle. The man was apparently shouting, “‘Do you know who I am?’ or something to that extent,” according to the FBI affidavit posted by The Seattle Times.

Two flight attendants apparently fought fire with fire by using the same tactic, hitting him over the head with a wine bottle, but that didn't immediately take him down.

“[The man] did not seem impacted by the breaking of a full liter red wine bottle over his head,” an FBI agent wrote.

Eventually, the man was subdued, and the pilot turned the plane back to Seattle. He remained belligerent even when the plane had landed back in Seattle. “He turned the wheelchair over in the middle of the airport, screaming for people to help him,” said one witness told KIRO-TV.

Both man and the other passenger who was attacked were taken to the hospital for “severe facial injuries,” according to The Washington Post.

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