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“I’m Pulling My… White Card!” Video of Frontier Passenger’s Racist Tirade Emerges

“I’m Pulling My… White Card!” Video of Frontier Passenger’s Racist Tirade Emerges
Jeff Edwards

A Frontier passenger says that the angry racist diatribe unleashed on her by an intoxicated seat mate led to her hospitalization and a subsequent nervous breakdown.

Shemekia Cannon did not have an especially pleasant Frontier Airlines flight from St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) to Denver International Airport (DEN) on June 10 of this year. According to the 38-year-old, she was denied permission to relocate to a seat away from the visibly intoxicated passenger next to her and was instead forced to endure sexually suggestive and racist comments as flight attendants continued to serve the man alcoholic beverages.

“When he described his penis size, I couldn’t take it no more,” Cannon recounted to the St. Louis Riverfront Times. ”I told them what he’d said. I went from zero to a million. I looked at him and I said, ‘You’re a racist son of a …’ I stood up and flagged for every flight attendant.”

She also began filming the unidentified passenger’s outrageous behavior. In footage of the midair racist conniption, Cannon’s harasser can be heard repeatedly shouting, “I’m pulling my white card! I’m pulling my … white card! I just pulled my white card!”

When the out-of-control and allegedly intoxicated passenger learned that his “white card” would not earn him special privileges, eyewitnesses say he then turned his rage in the direction of crew members. Police met the plane when it landed at DEN and the belligerent passenger was eventually removed from the aircraft on a stretcher after officers reportedly had to use force to subdue him.

Cannon, who was recovering from a recent surgery at the time of the inflight fiasco, reports that she was forced to return to the hospital after her ordeal and later missed several weeks of work as a result of medical complications stemming from the traumatic experience. Frontier sent a letter apologizing for the incident and offering a $250 voucher. The airline, however, insisted that crew members’ actions were entirely “appropriate for the situation.”

Cannon says that more troubling than the airline’s refusal to accept any responsibility for the behavior of an over-served passenger, is the fact that it isn’t at all clear if the passenger in question was even called to account for his own actions. Local authorities insist that the matter is in the hands of federal investigators and FBI officials were unable to confirm to the RFT’s Danny Wicentowski that the detained passenger was ever criminally charged as a result of the racially charged tantrum on the flight.

“He does have this invisible white card,” Cannon told the newspaper. ”They’re protecting this man to the point where we don’t even know his name. He’s alive, living his life, thinking this is all over. That’s how I know that card exists.”

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  1. arcticflier

    October 19, 2017 at 3:30 am

    I have the American Express Centurian Card which is often called the “Black Card”; however, I have not yet heard of this white card. Does it earn miles?

    Can someone please clarify how this incident caused Ms Cannon to suffer medical complications to a recent surgery forcing her to miss seversl weeks of work? That sounds like someone gaming the system.

    it would be interesting to hear both sides of this story.

  2. arcticflier

    October 19, 2017 at 3:33 am

    In the video she calls him “Boy”, this is a racist comment in the context of this heated exchange.

  3. Fred Derf

    October 19, 2017 at 4:00 am

    drunks aside – if you’re flying frontier, then you’re not going to have a pleasant flight in any case. they have to employ the rudest flight attendants and gate agents around – stopped flying them years ago and haven’t regretted it for a second.

  4. Drlamarca

    Drlamarca

    October 19, 2017 at 9:26 am

    This is a clear example of a frivolous lawsuit. She is wasting everyone’s time and money on this BS. Her excuse for being re-hospitalized and nervous breakdown is completely fabricated and rubbish. This is not news and we should not give her any attention or allow her to continue this nonsense. She is lucky she got the 250 voucher. That should cover a year’s travel on one of the world’s worst airlines.

  5. SamirD

    October 19, 2017 at 9:33 am

    So let’s put this into a legal perspective. What is Frontier’s responsibility in relation to the two passengers? What laws did the drunk passenger break? What laws did the sober passenger break?

    There are laws for public intoxication. There are laws for verbal assault (I believe). And if the police did have to pull the guy out on a stretcher, I’m sure there were some laws broken there (resisting arrest at the least).

    If an altercation like this would have had legal implications on the ground, why is it that in the air there would be immunity from prosecution? And the bigger question is why is this type of behavior getting more prevalent in the air? Because of the lack of enforcement? Do we need ‘air police’ on each flight now?

  6. zitsky

    October 19, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Someone should pay for some therapy. I find it hard to believe she was off work for a few weeks.

  7. pauli5500

    October 19, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Drlamarca…You have examined this pt., or at least reviewed her chart? No? Then I think it’s rather pompous of you to essentially call her a fraud based upon a very brief you tube tape. In other word, how could you possibly know what could or could not push someone over the edge when that person is a total stranger and you were not present at neither the incident nor post incident.

  8. arcticflier

    October 19, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Pauli,

    Ms Cannon sounds very much like she was equally aggressive at the time the video started, in fact, she was the forst to use a racist slur in the video.

    It would be interesting to have heard the entire exchange.

    My diagnosis is that the patient is faking it to game the system.

  9. Global321

    October 20, 2017 at 6:59 am

    Even taking her at her word, she went on her own racist tirade.

    “He does have this invisible white card,” Cannon told the newspaper. ”They’re protecting this man to the point where we don’t even know his name. He’s alive, living his life, thinking this is all over. That’s how I know that card exists.”

    Airlines do not release this information without a court order. Race had nothing to do with that. She upped the ante with her own racist tirade.

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