An Arizona woman and her family made it to her husband's funeral after a pilot, in a rare move, delayed their connecting flight and returned to the gate.
Delta Air Lines confirmed Thursday that Capt. Adam Cohen turned an aircraft at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport around earlier this month after a Phoenix-area family frantically waved at him through airport windows.
Delta spokeswoman Elizabeth Wolf says while on-time departures are the priority, the pilot took the situation as an opportunity to make a difference without endangering other passengers.
A pilot for Delta subsidiary Endeavor Air, Cohen will not face any disciplinary action.
Marcia Short and her three adult children were trying to make it to their 56-year-old father's funeral the next morning in Tennessee.
Their first flight from Phoenix was delayed.