A Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta to Costa Rica was diverted to Tampa, Florida on Sunday evening after a couple from Germany became ‘unruly’.
Peter and Gabriele Strohmaier of Dusseldorf, Germany, who were seated in first class, were removed from Flight 414 after demanding food and champagne and refusing to sit down, according to Tampa International Airport spokeswoman Janet Zink.
The captain made the call to land and the flight went on to Costa Rica, according to Delta.
Flight 414 departed Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport at 6pm on Sunday and landed at Tampa International Airport at 7:34pm.
Ms Zink said no charges had been filled.
The FBI and Transportation Security Administration were investigating.
Reached at the Tampa hotel where the couple was spending Sunday night, Gabriele Strohmaier said that a Delta crew member ‘exaggerated enormously and felt terribly insulted’ after her husband raised concerns about the food and beverage service.
She said her husband had asked for a glass of champagne, but was told it was all gone. She said the crew member then walked away rather than listen to his concerns. She denied that she or her husband was told to sit down and refused.
‘No, we were not standing,’ she said.
Peter Strohmaier, who identified himself as a lawyer, said he ‘did nothing except to say I would like to have the meal and so on… all normal things.’
He said the Delta crew member told him she was not pleased with his attitude.
‘I am not prepared to accept such behaviour,’ he said, adding that in the end he didn’t get champagne, a meal or even water. The couple had flown to the U.S. from Germany earlier in the day.
Gabriele Strohmaier said the couple need to ‘take another airline, naturally not Delta’ to get to Costa Rica.
Patch.com reporter Chris Helms, who was was on the flight, explained that according to a witness Mr Strohmaier was chastising a flight attendant and was warned they would land the plane if he didn’t calm down.
Delta spokesman confirmed the passenger was removed upon arrival in Tampa, adding that such a removal is at the discretion of the crew.
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER