A Delta Airlines flight attendant who had an outstanding warrant for Grand Theft in Florida has been arrested by DHS on board the aircraft that just arrived from Paris at Detroit Metro Airport.
The male suspect is currently awaiting his extradition to Florida where the offense originally occurred and the warrant was issued.
Welcome to Detroit Ladies & Gentlemen, you’ll be able to leave the aircraft as soon as your flight attendant has been taken into custody!
Certainly something new that a flight crew member will face such consequences and one would think that someone who has an open warrant for an offense wouldn’t go on international trips that require him to clear immigration on U.S. soil.
Local news station WXYZ Detroit (access here) reported the flight attendant was arrested right after the plane landed.
A Delta flight attendant was taken into custody when a plane he was working on landed at Detroit Metro Airport on Friday.
According to Delta, Customs and Border Protection officers working at the airport arrested the flight attendant on an active warrant for grand theft in Orange County, Florida.
The flight was coming in from Paris and arrived around 2:30 p.m. Friday.
The man is a U.S. citizen and is being held at the Wayne County Jail awaiting extradition to Florida.
Customs and Border Protection has access to all passenger and crew data in advance and usually creates shortlists for people to interview in secondary screening and matches names against outstanding warrants and other security related information. You might have noticed from time to time the designator ‘API OK’ on your boarding pass which stands for Advance Passenger Information.
Extraditing an individual between U.S. states isn’t exactly a cheap and easy undertaking.
Under Florida law, Grand Theft is any intentional and unlawful taking of property valued at $300.00 or more. It can however include the theft of a Fire Extinguisher, a Stop Sign as well as any amount of citrus fruit consisting of 2,000 or more individual pieces of fruit. There you go!
Flight Attendants are like any other group of people in society. Some do their job, some don’t. Some abide the law and other commit crimes.
There were multiple instances where flight attendants were caught in various criminal acts even while being on duty such as the case with the JetBlue flight attendant who attempted to smuggle 70 pounds of cocaine through the airport security (see our article from 2016).