A passenger aboard a Delta flight was arrested in Atlanta for reportedly embarking on an anti-Semitic tirade while mid-air.
Atlanta police told WXIA that officers arrested David Toaff, 37, at the gate upon landing at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Wednesday evening. Once landed, police said Toaff “continued the disturbance” and refused to provide his identification.
“Preliminary information indicates that while in flight…a male was yelling, asking Jewish people on board to identify themselves and making remarks about bombings to passengers aboard the aircraft,” Officer Lisa Bender told USA Today.
Jordan Dale, a production assistant for The Hill who reportedly was aboard the Washington, D.C., to Atlanta flight, tweeted that Toaff “demanded all Jews raise their hands so he could identify them.”
In a video Dale posted to the platform, Toaff is heard telling police that he’s not a “bad person” and asking why he’s being arrested, to which someone off camera responds, “you’re a Nazi.” Toaff is also seen struggling with officers before he’s taken into custody.
Despite his alleged anti-Semitic remarks, The Times of Israel noted that Toaff was spotted wearing a tallit, or a Jewish prayer shawl. The outlet reported that he’s a home loan officer based in Maryland.
Toaff was jailed on charges with obstruction and disorderly conduct. Delta Airlines has since confirmed Wednesday’s incident to WXIA, saying that law enforcement intervened in Atlanta “due to a customer’s behavior on board the flight.”
Today a man on my plane went on an anti-Semitic tirade and demanded “all Jews raise their hands” so he could “indentify them.” Later, during the arrest he protested and resisted arrest.
Incredible work by Atlanta police, I highly recommend watching the whole video. pic.twitter.com/1BQif8Cvfk
— Jordan Dale (@JordanDale9) November 22, 2018
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