TSA officers at Buffalo Niagara International Airport refused a Delta Airlines flight attendant access to their flight after officials noticed the flight attendant acting in an “erratic” manner on Wednesday afternoon.
The flight attendants irregular behavior was spotted at a TSA checkpoint and the security official alerted Delta Airline personnel about the employee’s strange behavior.
At the time of the incident there were no passengers aboard the Delta Airlines flight and both Delta and the NFTA say there was no security issue involved in the grounding of the flight attendant.
According to Delta spokesman Gina Laughlin told Buffalo News:
“It was Delta’s decision to remove the flight attendant from flying today.”
Delta in the meantime is already busily investigating the TSA officers claims against the flight attendant.
The airline was forced to make a last minute adjustment to the flights crew which in turn led to a three-hour takeoff delay.
Laughlin says of the company’s decision to ground the flight attendant:
“We were contacted by TSA early this morning regarding their allegation that one of our flight attendants appeared unfit for duty. We take allegations very seriously and we are working to confirm the accuracy.”
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that any type of erratic behavior is being dealt with post-haste after a JetBlue pilot started acting strangely in his airplanes passenger cabin last week.
In any case Delta acted responsibly in pulling the flight attendant, even if a three-hour delay was involved and inevitably ended up costing Delta money over the short term.