Delta Passenger ‘Karen’ Is Patricia Cornwall, A Former Playboy Model, Raiders Cheerleader & Baywatch Actress

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Patricia Cornwall, a former actress and Raiders cheerleader who appeared in Playboy videos during the 1990s, is the woman who caused chaos on a December 23 Delta flight from Tampa to Atlanta where she went berserk on a man for not wearing his mask. Cornwall, who was taken into custody by the FBI over the weekend for slapping and spitting on the man, appeared Monday in the Northern District of Georgia court where she was hit with an official criminal complaint by the U.S. government.

Cornwall, 51, is charged with violating Title 18 of U.S. Code for specifically assaulting, beating, or wounding a passenger during a domestic flight. The man who was assaulted told the FBI that Cornwall was returning from the restroom in the rear of the plane when she came to a spot where the beverage cart was blocking the aisle. Cornwall then asked a flight attendant to help her find her seat and was told to just find an open seat until the beverage service was complete.

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Patricia Cornwall was taken into custody by the FBI for striking a man on a Delta flight / via Twitter

According to the complainant, Cornwall responded, “What am I Rosa Parks?”

The man told the FBI he believed the comment to be inappropriate and told Cornwall that she “isn’t black….this isn’t Alabama and this isn’t a bus.”

According to the complaint, that’s when the video of the incident starts rolling and we see Cornwall, who has been living in Los Angeles, slap the man after a verbal battle.

“Put your f— mask on!” she yells at the man.

“Sit down, Karen!” he fires back.

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She tells him to mask up and that was when things hit the boiling point.

“You mask up, b—!” he responds, which leads to Cornwall slapping and spitting on the man.

“You’re going to jail!” he yells back as Delta employees try to regain control of the cabin.

Cornwall has had a busy year with the court system. In November, the former Married with Children actress was arrested for DUI in Walton County, Florida. In 2020, she was arrested in the same county for domestic violence. She was also arrested in Los Angeles County in December 2020.

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Patricia Cornwall arrested Los Angeles

According to her Linkedin page, Cornwall has worked as a Los Angeles real estate agent for a number of years, but recently indicated via a listing that she’s relocating to Florida. “Moving from California,” Cornwall writes. “I am single divorced and have two grown children who are overseas in 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.”

During the 1990s, Cornwall was known as Patty Breton and she was a Los Angeles Raiders cheerleader who eventually made her way into the entertainment world with bit roles on Fox’s Married With Children and Baywatch. Both roles came in 1996.

Patty Breton during her time as a Los Angeles Raiders cheerleader / via eBay

On Baywatch, Breton played Petra in “The Contest” episode. According to the show archives, “Mitch judges a beachside beauty contest, but is tempted by two of the contestants, who both vie for his vote. Caroline’s acting teacher puts her relationship with Logan in jeopardy. Cody designs a new rescue vehicle.”

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Patty Breton as ‘Petra’ on Baywatch in 1996
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Patty Breton as ‘Petra’ on Baywatch in 1996

Over on Married with Children, Patty had a role as “Pilgrim Girl” in the “Calendar Girl” episode that aired February 4, 1996. In that episode, “Al wants to beat rival shoe-shop owner Babcock in something and puts his faith in Bud, who’s in the same entrepreneurial-studies class at Trumaine as Babcock’s son Little Floyd,” according to IMDb researchers.

“Each boy must come up with a product and a marketing campaign for it Al sees that he’ll get his revenge if Bud’s project gets a better grade than Little Floyd’s. When Kelly brings home a sexy-guys calendar, Bud decides to make a Girls of Trumaine calendar. All goes well, especially with stunning cover girl Crystal Clark–until, sounding very troubled, she has second thoughts about appearing in the calendar. Meanwhile, Peg is on the road searching for her dad to save her parents’ marriage.”

Patty Breton followed up those appearances by going the Playboy route in 1997 with appearances in Playboy: Cheerleaders (as herself) and in Playboy: Women Behaving Badly in the “All wet” scene. “The first segment, All Wet, has females in a locker room and slowly stripping to so-so music. They peek at a hunk through a hole in the wall. The women take a shower and slowly put their clothes back on,” according to an Amazon reviewer.

Breton also appeared in Playboy Germany in 1998.

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While her entertainment career appeared to fizzle out in the late 1990s as the TV and Playboy gigs ended, Patty Cornwall is clearly back in the mainstream in a big way with her Delta Airlines incident. The Daily Mail reported the FBI hauled her into court Monday to face the federal assault charge.

And that means the world is about to connect the dots to Delta Airlines Patty and 1990s Patty. It’s the perfect confluence of pop culture and COVID culture, unlike anything we’ve seen out of this pandemic.

Patty clearly wanted to be famous in her 20s. Now she’s getting her wish in her early 50s. Life is a wild ride. Buckle up, Patty.

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Patricia Cornwall / Instagram

Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

Kinsey is also the founder of OutKick’s Thursday Night Mowing League, America’s largest virtual mowing league.

Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.


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  1. I’d really like to see how it escalated to the part where the video started. The male wasn’t exactly being a model passenger either, even at the beginning of the video. Talking smack not a crime though. Also, the “put your mask on” virtue signaling was a weird move considering her mask was down the whole time.

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