Nevada Man Charged After Brutal Assault at Atlanta International Airport

Last updated March 25, 2022 @ 9:32 AM ET

CLAYTON COUNTY, GA – According to police, an angry Southwest Airlines passenger who forced a jet to return to the gate at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Tuesday was arrested after assaulting a gate attendant.

The entire incident was captured on a video (below), later uploaded to social media.

Courtney Drummond, 44, of Henderson, Nevada, was arrested when officers responded to complaints of a fight at the airport, according to an Atlanta police press release.

Drummond was arrested and booked into the Clayton County Jail for battery, simple battery, and obstructing an officer. According to internet records, he was still being held in jail on a $10,000 bond as of Thursday.

According to investigators, the altercation began as Drummond’s Southwest flight taxied to the runway. Drummond “refused to comply with flight attendants,” according to police, who did not elaborate on his actions on the plane.

Drummond grew so hostile that the flight crew opted to return the plane to the gate before takeoff. Drummond is accused of repeatedly threatening and attacking the gate agent after being removed from the plane.

Gwendolyn Foster, Drummond’s mother, told CNN that her son is still in custody in Georgia and that she was sorry for what happened.

“My heart goes out to everyone, the staff at Southwest — they are in my prayers. I’m sorry this happened and this was caused by him,” Foster said. “He comes from a godly family. My husband is a pastor of a church here.”

“I pray in due time that God will heal all wounds and let’s move forward and continue to love each other as God loves us,” Foster said.