First a pro-Trump voter before the election, now an anti-Trump voter after. A woman was thrown off an Alaska Airlines flight from Baltimore to Seattle on Saturday after berating a Trump supporter in a conversation she initiated.
As I witnessed, Washington, DC was packed over the weekend. Many were in town to celebrate the Trump inauguration while many were in town to protest it. The election was undeniably bitter and passions are still raging on both sides.
A husband and wife were on an Alaska Airlines flight home from Baltimore to Seattle after burying his mother. Throw in a mix of sadness along with a crushing election defeat and you have a very tense situation.
A man boards the plane and sits down next to the woman. She asks him if he is in town to support or protest Trump. He responds that he was in town to “celebrate” and “support democracy” which apparently enrages the woman. (I’d have to imagine it was clear he was a Trump supporter).
She flags down a FA and asks that the man be moved, saying she does not want to sit next to him. The flight is full and the FA tells her she has “no right” to move another passenger.
The lady then tears into the Trump supporter, stating–
You pretend that you have the moral high ground but you put that man’s finger on the nuclear button. That man doesn’t believe in ‘climate change.’ Do you believe in gravity? Did you know gravity’s just a theory?
Another FA appears and informs her that she and her husband will be removed from the flight. She then claims she is just trying to get home, mentioning her mother-in-law passed.
She is escorted off to cheers and chants of “USA! USA!” from other Trump supporters on the aircraft.
Watch the videos here. There is no way to defend this woman’s behavior since we have no indication the man was at all obnoxious to her beforehand. Even if he was, that would not excuse this reaction. I understand that having a short fused-passenger on an airplane is never ideal, but I wonder what would have happened had the FA just moved her instead of the man?
I snickered at how the woman’s husband seems to pretend he doesn’t know her. But I don’t snicker at her emotions. Many are still deeply wounded by the election results and this sort of passion is not a surprise. Nevertheless, it is not appropriate on an airplane. I trust this woman will find peace and rest, overcoming her pain over the election results.