Man wrapped in tallit arrested at airport in Atlanta following alleged anti-Semitic rant on flight

Mary Scott
Nov 23, 2018
08:58 P.M.

A man was arrested at an Atlanta airport on Wednesday evening after allegedly launching into an anti-Semitic rant mid-flight. Interestingly, he was wearing a traditional Jewish cloth.


Jordan Dale, a passenger on the same plane, took to Twitter with a cell-phone video of the man struggling with cops at the airport.

Dale wrote:

“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.”


The flight in question was Delta Air Lines’ 1822 flight from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport. A spokesman from the airline confirmed to Newsweek:

"Local law enforcement met flight 1822 in Atlanta due to a customer’s behavior onboard the flight."

Dale’s video shows the man, now identified as David Toaff, struggling with officers and resisting arrest. “I'm not a bad person. What did I do wrong?” he yells repeatedly.


“You’re a Nazi,” a by-stander off-camera replies.

Footage of the struggle stretches for well over two minutes, and the police officers are seen trying to calm Toaff down.

“You're making it worse for yourself," one officer says.

Eventually, the three cops restrain him, put him in handcuffs, and lead him out of the airport.


Local NBC-affiliate 11Alive shared a statement from the Atlanta Police:

"Preliminary information indicates that while in flight to Atlanta a male began uttering anti-Semitic words to passengers aboard the aircraft. When the flight arrived at the gate the male continued the disturbance and refused to provide officers with identification."

Toaff, 37, was charged with obstruction and disorderly conduct. According to israelnationalnews.com, he was wearing a tallit, the four-cornered garment worn by Jews during prayer.


Toaff’s anti-Semitic rant comes less than a month after 46-year-old Robert Bowers stormed the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and shot sporadically, killing 11 people. The shooter is said to have burst into the building shouting: “All Jews must die!”

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