Woman Who Slapped Man On Flight Charged With Assault

By The Chicago Times Staff

December 28, 2021

ATLANTA – Patricia “Patty Breton” Cornwall was charged with assault on Monday after a violent mid-flight altercation that went viral on social media.

The scuffle that erupted on a Delta flight from Tampa, Florida to Atlanta last Thursday was recounted in a federal criminal complaint filed in Georgia.

Cornwall, according to the complaint, was attempting to return to her seat from the toilet when she requested a flight attendant with a beverage cart blocking the aisle for assistance in locating her seat.  Cornwall was instructed by the flight attendant to locate a vacant seat until the beverage service was completed.

According to the court documents, Cornwall yelled “What am I Rosa Parks?”, which caught the attention of the male victim.

According to the affidavit, the man, who thought Cornwall’s statements were out of line, informed her that she “. . . isn’t black . . . this isn’t Alabama, and this isn’t a bus.”

Cornwall and the man got into a heated argument that ended with Cornwall slapping the man in the face with enough force to leave visible injuries.

Cornwall was apprehended by police at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and then taken into custody by the FBI.  At her arraignment, Cornwall posted a $20,000 bond.

According to her IMDB page, Cornwall performed in meager television parts under the stage name Patty Breton.  She appeared in an episode of Baywatch in 1987 and on Married… with Children in 1989.  Most recently, she has been working as a real estate agent.

Photo: Walton County Sheriff’s Office