Patricia Cornwall: How 'Baywatch' actress went from Playboy model to 'Delta Karen'
Patricia Cornwall was detained by the police and then handed over to the FBI after the flight landed in Atlanta
Patricia Cornwall, a real estate agent previously based in Los Angeles, who worked for Coldwell Banker and Berkshire Hathaway, has been revealed as the 'Delta Karen' who was arrested by the FBI for attacking a passenger, 80, on a plane from Tampa to Atlanta on Thursday, December 23, after he removed his face mask to eat, all the time being maskless herself.
Cornwall, 51, who was reportedly detained by the police and then handed over to the FBI after the flight landed in Atlanta, was once a member of the Raiderettes cheerleaders for Raiders, the then-LA-based NFL team, in 1990s. She was also a former small-time actress who was going by the name of Patty Breton and had a minor role in 'Baywatch', Heavy reported. She also appeared on an episode of 'Married... with Children' in 1989. In addition, she was also featured in 'Playboy: Cheerleaders'.
After recently moving to Florida, she posted on a website looking for a room to rent for $1,200 a month in Okaloosa County in Florida panhandle. "Moving from California. I am single divorced and have two grown children who are overseas in the UK. I have been practicing residential real estate for 13 years in Los Angeles/Westside. I have also lived in Florida in the past few years and I'm excited to reintroduce Florida back into my life permanently. Renting a room will be a great start settling me in. Furnished is preferred," she wrote. Her LinkedIn bio describes her as a "Luxury Property Specialist at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties".
What happened on the flight?
Delta flight from Tampa to Atlanta got crazy‼️ pic.twitter.com/I9BZUKv3LB— ATL Uncensored | Atlanta News (@ATLUncensored) December 25, 2021
Cornwall, who was flying from Tampa to Atlanta on the Delta flight, assaulted the 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. 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.
Cornwall made a crude remark about 'Rosa Parks' before the altercation. Cornwall was returning from the restroom at the back of the plane when a flight attendant blocked the aisle. When she asked the flight attendant to help her find her seat, she was asked to look for an open seat until the beverage service was over. This triggered Cornwall, and she responded to the flight attendant, saying, "What am I, Rosa Parks?". This is when the old man, with whom she later had an altercation, told her she "isn't Black... this isn't Alabama and this isn't a bus."
The attack came as the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) details a record number of air rage attacks, which rose to a whopping 5,300 in 2021. Many of the recorded cases were related to face masks.