A recent Southwest Airlines incident saw a passenger getting removed from a flight because of a joke he made that the flight attendant thought was in poor taste—even though as he was being removed from the plane, other passengers stood up on his behalf to say he didn’t do anything at all warranting it.
Recently, a passenger was removed from a Southwest Airlines flight for making a joke that a flight attendant didn’t like—even though other passengers stood up for the man who made the joke and said he did nothing wrong.
The plane, which was scheduled to go from San Francisco to Los Angeles, had been stuck on the tarmac for several hours because a maintenance light came on before takeoff. A flight attendant was handing out water when a passenger joked that it should be vodka because everyone had been waiting so long.
The flight attendant was not pleased, apparently frustrated as well with being stuck on the plane for hours. She called local police and had the man escorted off the plane.
“And people started yelling then,” fellow passenger Peter Uzelac told MSN. “In fact, people stood up. I stood up. People were saying, ‘This man didn’t do anything.’ I have been flying for decades and I’ve never ever seen anything like this.”
Ultimately the passenger was not charged with anything, though he was removed from the flight.
“We regret any less-than-positive experience a customer has onboard our aircraft,” Southwest said in a statement, reported by MSN. “We welcome over 100 million customers each year, and we aim to maintain the comfort of all while delivering Southwest hospitality. We will share this report with our Customer Relations Team.”
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