The days surrounding Thanksgiving are some of the busiest travel days of the year as thousands of individuals attempt to spend the holiday with their families. This Thanksgiving eve, passengers aboard a Delta flight were subjected to a terrifying anti-Semitic rant that eventually led to the unruly passenger’s arrest.
The flight was scheduled to travel on November 21st from Washington D.C. to Atlanta. Mid-way through the flight, one of the passengers appeared to become unhinged. He suddenly began screaming inappropriate things to everyone aboard the plane. Many of the witnesses later told police that the ranting was hateful and possibly even anti-Semitic.
David Toaff, the 37-year-old passenger, reportedly requested everyone aboard the flight who was Jewish to raise their hands. He then explained that he was asking them to do this so that he could “identify them.” He continued shouting and ranting. Eventually, he began making disturbing comments about bombing some of the passengers on the flight.
When the plane landed at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, officers with the Atlanta Police Department were waiting right outside of the gate. They immediately approached the suspect who continued to act irate. He refused to calm down for the officers and declined to provide valid identification to the officers. Nearby bystanders caught the interaction on video and uploaded the entire ordeal to social media.
Toaff’s actions eventually forced police to detain him. He was taken into police custody, charged with disorderly conduct and obstruction of justice and driven to the Clayton County Jail.