'Delta Karen' to 'cat woman': Five airplane passengers from HELL in 2021

From passengers being spat on to flight attendants being knocked out, people have had the misfortune of experiencing it all

                            'Delta Karen' to 'cat woman': Five airplane passengers from HELL in 2021
The passengers include Maxwell Berry (L), Adelaide Schrowang (M) and Patricia Cornwall (R) (Twitter, Lee County Sheriff’s Office/Twitter, Twitter)

As eventful as 2021 has been, a number of airplane passengers and staff this year have had journeys they will never forget. From passengers being spat on to flight attendants being knocked out, people have had the misfortune of experiencing it all.

While we can only hope for a more peaceful 2022 devoid of hate and violence, here are five airplane passengers of 2021 who had boarded the flights straight from hell.


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Adelaide Schrowang

A Florida woman was arrested after she allegedly refused to wear a face mask while traveling on a Delta Airlines flight. When asked to wear the mask, she started spitting on passengers as police dragged her off the plane. 

The entire scene happened on July 7 while a Delta Airlines flight was at the Southwest Florida International Airport, according to the arrest report. Police were called after Adelaide Schrowang, 23, disregarded orders from the captain and flight attendants to leave the flight.

Vyvianna Quinonez

A woman who allegedly punched a Southwest Airlines flight attendant, knocking her teeth out, was arrested and charged with felony battery. The incident reportedly took place on May 23 on a Southwest Airlines flight from Sacramento to San Diego.  

Mikuni sushi chef and owner Kotaro Arai witnessed the violent dispute aboard the Southwest flight. “In the beginning, they were not arguing. They were just like ‘do this, don’t do that, don’t do this, don’t do that.’ Then even the flight attendant said, ‘Don’t touch me,’” Arai said.

The 28-year-old passenger allegedly grew irate when she was told to buckle her seatbelt during the flight. Subsequently, she punched the Southwest flight attendant in the face. Quinonez was escorted off the flight by Port of San Diego Harbor Police. The flight attendant who was seen with a bloodied face was wheeled off the flight. As per reports, the flight attendant lost two teeth and suffered other injuries to her face, and was taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital. She was later released from the hospital and Southwest flew a friend to San Diego to be with her.

Maxwell Berry

An Ohio man was arrested after creating an alleged ruckus aboard a Frontier Airlines flight from Philadelphia to Miami. The alleged culprit Maxwell Berry was accused of assaulting a male flight attendant and inappropriately touching two female attendants during the flight on July 31. According to police, he had downed two drinks while on the flight and had ordered another one after which violence ensued. 

According to the police report, a drunk Berry had brushed an empty cup against the backside of a flight attendant. He then spilled his new drink on his shirt, went to the bathroom to clean up and came out shirtless. A flight attendant tried to help him with a new change of clothes from his carry-on. After wandering around the airplane for 15 minutes, he proceeded to grope the chests of female flight attendants, the report said. He had also punched a male flight attendant in the face. Since the fight had commenced at this point, Berry had to be restrained and passengers intervened to help the crew do so. 

Patricia Cornwall

On December 23, Patricia Cornwall, who was flying from Tampa to Atlanta on the Delta flight, assaulted an old man for not wearing a mask while eating and drinking. A video of the incident that surfaced led to the woman being dubbed a 'Karen' by social media users. Patricia Cornwall lost her cool when an old man lowered his face mask inside the flight for eating and drinking purposes. Cornwall started a heated argument with the elderly man, repeatedly ordering him to put his mask on, while her own mask was lowered at chin level.

Cornwall subsequently struck the man and even spit on his face. When the flight attendants tried to get involved, she continued to jostle with them and threaten the man. Cornwall was reportedly detained after the flight landed in Atlanta, and handed over to the FBI. She has been booked for the assault but her exact charges remain unclear.

The woman who breastfed a cat on a flight

Delta Airlines passengers were reportedly witnesses to a co-flyer "breastfeeding a cat" on a flight to Atlanta. A screenshot of a message which appears to be from the pilot or the crew surfaced on the Internet. The message suggests that the female passenger continued caring for her cat in a way no one could've imagined and refused to put the pet back in the carrier despite the crew requesting her to do so. 

The in-flight Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System message, reportedly sent by the crew or the pilot, reads, "Req Redcoat meet AC Pax (passenger) in (seat) 13A is breastfeeding a cat and will not put cat back in its carrier when FA (flight attendant) requested." The airline is said to have experienced an 84 percent increase in incidents related to emotional support animals in the past few years, prompting them to tighten regulations. However, this case is about the pet owner acting up and not the pet. Rules state that the pets need to remain in their carrier and be placed in front of the passenger's seat during the whole flight but the woman refused to follow protocol, according to reports.