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Video Shows Self-Upgrading Passenger Roughly Removed from Korean Air Flight

Video Shows Self-Upgrading Passenger Roughly Removed from Korean Air Flight
Jeff Edwards

An American, who reportedly upgraded her economy class seat to a perch in the business class cabin, was physically dragged from a Korean Air flight this week after she refused to return to her assigned seat.The woman’s increasingly odd behavior included accusing the airline of stealing her passport and apparently attempting to conjure assistance by repeatedly uttering the words “air marshal.”

Cellphone footage captures the scene as an oddly behaving passenger from the U.S. was quickly and efficiently dragged from the cabin of an Incheon International Airport (ICN) to San Francisco International Airport (SFO)-bound Korean Air flight on Friday. Although the video shows airline employees not sparing much physical force to rush the disruptive flyer from the plane, cabin crew members are also captured displaying a touch of kindness and can be heard offering the ejected passenger a blanket after she was deposited in a wheelchair on the jetway to wait law enforcement.

According to The San Francisco Chronicle, the unnamed passenger reportedly arrived at the departure gate with an escort from the local U.S Embassy (which may have foreshadowed the bizarre events that would occur before the plane could takeoff). After the passenger allegedly upgraded herself from an economy class seat to a seat in the business class cabin, she stubbornly refused to return to her assigned seat despite repeated pleas from the crew.

The passenger is a female US citizen and was assigned to seat 40D in economy class,” Korean Air officials told the newspaper. “She moved to seat 14B in business class. Cabin crew and a purser tried to convince her to return to her original seat, but she continued unruly behavior. After discussion, crew and a captain decided to remove the passenger to avoid further delay and for the sake of the flight safety.”

As the video continues, the woman is seen apparently being physically removed from the aircraft. Her subsequent behavior leaves little doubt that there was something else besides a desire for more legroom and a designer amenity kit behind the agitated passenger’s bizarre actions. At one point, the eccentric flyer seems to look to the camera before deadpanning the imaginary stage instructions: “Meanwhile at SpaceX.” She can also be heard accusing the airline of stealing her passport and repeatedly referencing the U.S. Air Marshal Service – even though there was no evidence of any federal officers being involved in the incident at all.

“The woman was transferred to the hospital first as she seemed to be suffering from a mental illness,” police told local media outlets in Seoul. “We plan to investigate her as soon as the hospital completes her examination.”


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View Comments (17)


  1. ToddSpam

    August 2, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    She will be considered normal in San Fran.

  2. j2simpso

    August 2, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    Looks like Korean Air holds a monopoly on nuts on planes!

  3. northernlights1

    August 2, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    I really really hope these kind of people get banned for life from flying. She has proven she is unfit to be in a confined plane and act civil. A danger to others. Flying is a privilege NOT a right.

  4. KLBGO

    August 2, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    So the crew decided to make a scene, and make the trip uncomfortable for everyone in the cabin, instead of leaving her for the police at arrival. Poor judgement.

  5. fotographer

    August 3, 2018 at 4:06 am

    how was it roughly?

  6. COU

    August 3, 2018 at 6:10 am

    I wanna party with that chick!

  7. abraxis

    August 3, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    Better to remove her before taking off then having her cause a problem inflight. Also, you’re not allowed to self-upgrade, regardless of privilege. By leaving her on the plane and completing the flight, she wins. Can’t have that.

  8. koalay

    August 5, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    KLBGO, why should the police get involved in a customer service issue? Police shouldn’t intervene absent some kind of danger to the people on the plane.

  9. Fine Art Landscape Photographer

    August 6, 2018 at 9:50 am

    I’ve seen the same happen mid flight on DOH – JFK on Qatar. Some woman walked up from her economy seat and tried to sit at an empty business class seat and she got kicked out. 30 mins later she returned but this time tried to sit down into business class seat of someone that went to the bathroom.

    The nerve some people have these days.

  10. rjlon

    August 7, 2018 at 4:16 am

    Put her on the no fly list. Back to US on a cargo boat perhaps… Plenty of legroom there.

  11. ioto1902

    August 7, 2018 at 5:03 am

    Wasn’t she just trying to avoid the flight to the US ? (for some unidentified reasons)

  12. JamesKidd

    August 7, 2018 at 6:41 am

    Good on the airlines. Also, why wait for the police if the crew feel they can do it themselves. They did leave her at the gate for the police.

  13. hapajgv

    August 7, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Sister of Alex Jones / InfoWars?

  14. jrpallante

    August 7, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    The crew should not put themselves in harm`s way by physically removing a combative passenger. For everbody’s safety, they should have tazed the wild creature and bound it with zip ties and duct tape. Then they could calmly drag the sack of nuts off the plane feet-first with no risk to any innocents.

  15. HawaiianGuy

    December 22, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    KAL. First there was NutRage and now we have NutCase.

  16. mvoight

    December 26, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    I would rather they rush the woman off the plane rather than have to wait for the police.
    I am sure most of the people in business class would put up with what happened if it made it faster for them to take off.
    The woman should be arrested for attempted theft, if they have such a charge there.

  17. drvannostren

    December 26, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    Yea….kudos to the crew for dealing with this BS, but it should’ve been the cops 100%. It’s a fine line knowing when to call the police, but as soon as it got physical, they should’ve just stood back and waited.

    I couldn’t hear EVERY thing, but I’m amazed she didn’t spout some racist stuff with it. I kept waiting for that.

    She should be banned from flying KE, dealt with swiftly and deported by the Korean authorities, then whatever airline she gets put on to get home, should be at her heavy expense, then banned from that airline as well. I’d support a permanent flying ban across the board, but it looked to me like she was perhaps in need of some meds, at which point, maybe she’s totally normal.

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