Delta: Sorry about that flight attendant fistfight

How is it possible that flight attendants aboard a Minneapolis-bound Delta Airlines flight got into a fistfight on board the airplane and there’s no video posted online?

But it really happened, the airline confirmed today.

Flight 2598 was near Salt Lake City at 37,000 feet a week ago Friday, Aviation Herald said, when the pilot landed the plane because of an unruly flight crew.

The flight involved “two flight attendants disagreeing over work issues engaged in a fist fight, a third lady trying to calm the other two down was hit by the flying fists, the purser informed the flight deck and the captain decided to divert,” the Aviation Herald said.

In this audio from, the Delta captain radios Salt Lake City air traffic controllers for help. (Note: MPR audio does not work in Chrome browsers)

  1. Listen Delta pilot communication with Salt Lake Center (

    January 22, 2016

Delta today confirmed the fight occurred in an email to the Washington Post.

“Delta apologizes to those customers who were inconvenienced after flight 2598 from Los Angeles to Minneapolis-St. Paul made an unscheduled stop in Salt Lake City following an altercation involving two flight attendants on board,” the statement said. “The actions of these crew members in no way reflect the values and professionalism we expect from all of our employees.”

The statement added that the company provided a letter to customers who were on the flight, to “apologize for any inconvenience this situation may have caused.”

“In addition,” the airline said, “SkyMiles members received miles, while customers who are not currently SkyMiles members received a travel voucher.”’s depiction of the flight shows it was on the ground for 80 minutes in Salt Lake City before resuming its far-less-interesting leg to Minneapolis.

  • She don’t wear no pants and she don’t wear no tie
    Always on the ball, she’s always on stride
    Struttin’ up the aisle, big deal you get to fly
    You ain’t nothing but a boxer in the sky
    You ain’t nothing but a boxer in the sky

  • MrE85

    Remind me not to ask for an extra pillow when I fly to DC on Sunday. Come to think of it, Bob is the only one on this site who really “flies.” I’m just cargo.

    • Watch out what kind of sandwich they offer, too.

    • ragingagainst

      extra pillow? You must not fly coach, where nothing is offered, much less ‘extra’ something.

  • ec99

    Nothing has changed since Delta took over Northworst.

  • Jeff

    If it was Spirit they would have added a charge for “entertainment”.

    • ragingagainst

      And an additional baggage charge since there was now an extra ‘leg’ on the flight.

  • Jack Ungerleider

    I assume that part of that 80 minutes was finding a cabin crew to take over the flight. On some flights I’ve been on 2 flight attendants are either 67% or 100% of the crew.

  • Gary F

    No cell phone camera footage? Hhhhhhhmmmmmmmm? I wonder how much they got paid to shut up?

    No passengers chanting like a junior high playground battle “fight, fight, fight”.

    • Some of the footage:

      • joetron2030

        You, sir, are winning the Newscut blog comments today.

  • jon

    Don’t make me pull this plane over!

    • Jack

      Apparently that does happen. No one listens to the driver/pilot.

  • shaun

    Fight attendants…

  • Jeff R.

    Delta broke the first rule of Fight Club……