A woman was ejected from a Southwest flight (to the applause of fellow passengers) after embarking on a racist tirade when told to fold up her tray table.
I write about these stories, in part, to chronicle poor behavior as an ongoing problem on flights in the USA. But also as a warning to would-be offenders: you are increasingly less-likely to get away with incendiary onboard speech.
From what we know about this story, a black Southwest flight attendant instructed a passenger to put up her tray table prior to takeoff. She responded by bitterly complaining and calling the FA the N-word.
The video bleeps out so much you can hardly understand the conversation, but you get the picture…
Listen to passengers respond as she is escorted off the flight…that’s quite telling.
Here’s what Southwest had to say about the incident:
On Flight #5593 with scheduled service from Chicago Midway to Houston Hobby on Saturday morning, our reports indicate that a Customer refused to comply with our Flight Crew’s instructions after boarding and before the flight departed Chicago. The customer became unruly and verbally abusive toward our flight attendants, and the decision was made to return to the gate to deplane the Customer, where she was met by local law enforcement officers. Our employees handled the situation professionally with grace and class, and we do not condone or tolerate such profane and unruly behavior on board our aircraft. Once the customer deplaned the aircraft, the flight resumed to Houston Hobby, arriving about an hour later than originally scheduled.
By continuing to shame passengers who use such foul language, hopefully more will be less likely to use similar language in the future.
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