A passenger who was late to board a Spirit Airlines flight refused to deplane, forcing the crew to ask all other passengers to deplane so that she could be forcibly removed.
A Spirit Airlines passenger who live-streamed her rant on social media prior to being removed from a Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS)-bound flight at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), isn’t quite ready to let go of her feud with the budget airline just yet. Safira Allen, whose onboard rant has now been viewed more than a million times, says she is taking advantage of her new online following to wage a crusade against the company that she believes wronged her.
In recent Facebook posts, the 25-year-old has compared herself to Rosa Parks, sharing an image that read “Rosa Parks wasn’t getting up and Safira Allen wasn’t getting off! #HoldUPCuz.” In a message to her followers, Allen noted “I had a ticket with my name on it” and promised, “that’s why Spirit going down!” adding “see y’all in court Spirit!”
Unfortunately, the incident that brought Allen’s overnight fame, may actually betray her newfound image as a champion of equal rights. In the video she recorded herself, Allen can be heard taunting fellow passengers who were forced to deplane because of her antics.
As the flyers file past, she announces “If I can’t go to Las Vegas, Nevada neither can y’all.” She then offers parting salutations to the travelers apparently based on their ethnicity, saying ““konichiwa” to a passenger of possible Asian descent and sarcastically offering to speak in “español” for other departing flyers. Earlier in her rant, Allen seems to imply that she was bumped from two other Spirit flights earlier that day in favor of white passengers and “terrorists.”
“Y’all ain’t let the n***** on this mother f*****,” she yelled in her now famous Facebook Live rant. “They’re gonna have to put me off, because they’re gonna tell me I was cussing. I don’t even cuss. I’m orthodox … I’m not getting off this plane to negotiate with no terrorists, because, clearly, they’re the terrorists. They’re terrorizing me in my own country.”
The disruptive passenger also claims that shortly after she stopped filming, she was abused by a responding officer. “[Sargent Baker] knocked the phone out my hand PUSHED me down hella hard & called me a “black b**ch” …all while my left hand is dripping blood from the carpet burn & my left knee is out of my socket,” she posted following a temporary ban from Facebook.
According to FOX News, however, police say that she was arrested only after she kicked an officer in the groin as he was escorting her from the aircraft.
The commotion reportedly stemmed from Allen being denied boarding on her third attempt to fly to Las Vegas that day. The irate flyer saved her most cutting remarks for the airline she held ultimately responsible for her woes.
“Y’all going to use Jesus’ name the Holy Spirit?” she asked rhetorically early in the approximately 20 minute video. “No that’s got to change. Y’all need to be called something else. Y’all need to change y’all’s name, because nothing is Holy Spirit about this airline. No, but y’all say y’all represent God, y’all need to quit playing with Jesus – and I’m not getting off this plane.”