COVID-19 has pushed many people to the brink of insanity. Lock them together for hours in a metal tube thousands of feet above the ground, and criminal outbursts are bound to happen.
The FBI arrested a woman who allegedly slapped and spit on an elderly passenger during an altercation on a Delta flight from Tampa, Florida to Atlanta, Georgia, the Daily Caller reported. The woman was apprehended upon landing and video of the incident quickly went viral.
The dustup began when 51-year-0ld ex-Playboy model Patricia Cornwall was returning to her seat after a trip to the restroom on the crowded flight Thursday, Fox News reported. A flight attendant was blocking her way with a beverage cart but asked the former Raiders cheerleader to take an empty seat until service was over.
“What am I, Rosa Parks?” Cornwall snapped at the flight attendant. An 80-year-old passenger who was nearby overheard her snide remark and informed Cornwall that she “isn’t black,” not riding a bus nor was she in Alabama. Things escalated quickly from there.
Delta flight from Tampa to Atlanta got crazy‼️ pic.twitter.com/I9BZUKv3LB
— ATL Uncensored | Atlanta News (@ATLUncensored) December 25, 2021
The pair traded barbs, including each telling the other to put on a mask — though both were maskless during the confrontation — but it was Cornwall who got physical with the man. She landed a punch to his head and spit on him before flight attendants could subdue her.
“Now you’re going to jail,” the man told her. He also appeared to raise his hand to her while she was being restrained though he didn’t make contact.
Cornwall is apparently no stranger to being on the wrong side of the law, unfortunately. The former “Baywatch” actress, whose stage name is Patty Breton, has a DUI charge pending from last month, the New York Post reported.
There are many issues at play including possible mental health or substance abuse, but the overall impact of the pandemic can’t be overlooked. Flying during the holidays is stressful under any circumstances, but after nearly two years of restrictions, lockdowns, and emboldened “Karens” who become the mask police, these kinds of eruptions are becoming more frequent.