Another week, another flight diversion. This time a United flight from Sydney to San Francisco diverted to Auckland after a profanity-laced misognystic tirade from an irate passenger over a seat assignment.
Anjou Ahlborn Kay, another passenger on the flight, writes on Facebook that–
Originally on a nonstop flight from SYD (Sydney) to SFO (San Francisco) has landed us overnight in AUK [sic] (New Zealand). A bigoted passenger screamed racist, homophobic, misogynistic, disturbing words to passengers and crew, then called the flight attendants every offensive thing in the book. Kudos to the flight attendants who remained calm but really sucks this one idiot has grounded us.
She later adds in the Facebook comments section that apparently the man was seated between two Indian men who spoke to each other over him in the middle seat, but refused to swap seats. That annoyed him and led to the rant captured in the video below (warning: language)–
Such a gentleman…
After the flight diversion began, he continued his rant, allegedly making just about every misogynistic, homophobic, and racist remark in the book…plus a lot of swearing for good measure.
Thankfully, he did not resist arrest and walked off the plane — though not before throwing a few more barbs–
With the stop in Auckland, the crew became “illegal” (could not legally continue on to SFO) so United had to book hotel rooms for each passenger.
Ms. Kay writes:
Luckily made friends with my amazing seat mates as we dealt with the last 24 hours.
She posts a couple great pictures with her fellow passengers in an Auckland hotel.
Not a great way to start the new year, and yet…everyone looks happy and relaxed here. What a shame the disgruntled passenger had to be so nasty. I truly hope that United will send him the bill for all the hotels rooms, meal vouchers, fuel, and crew time…that had to be costly.
I’ve got to admit…maybe cell phones on planes are not a great idea after all. But reserving a window and aisle seat, refusing to swap, and then talking over the passenger in the middle also is not very nice behavior.