United Airlines staff forced a disturbing passenger to get off the plan due to a political argument. The flight was flying from Shanghai to New Jersey. The incident resulted in an unplanned stop in San Francisco and an 8-hour delay.
Footage on social media went viral showing an unidentified man wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat. The man insisted that he has a seat on the plane while arguing with other passengers. Some of his words were a bit insulting as he called one of the passenger a “moron”.
The political aspect of the argument
Such caps were very common in President Donald Trump’s campaign.
Eventually, airport officials escorted the man off the flight amid the passengers’ angry reactions saying “Lock him up”.
“Lock him up” referred to Trump’s campaign when he used to address Hilary Clinton and say “lock her up”.
The man and the passengers’ dispute
Witness and passenger, Clark Gredona, said on her Facebook account that the man felt he was allowed to several other seats beside him because he didn’t get an upgrade. The man also criticized a woman by calling her “Hillary” and a “lesbian.”
Elizabeth Aulenbach, another passenger, stated that the incident wasn’t political at first but was aggravated by the “Democratic-Republican fire that rages.”
“He just wanted United to do something, anything, that would allow him to sue them — he even said so more than once,” Aulenbach remarked.
Jonathan Guerin, United Airlines spokesperson, said the troublesome passenger in Shanghai “refused to comply with crew member instructions” and left the plane on his own.
Consequently, the flight took off five hours later, sopped in San Francisco to change crew, which wasn’t in the plan. The flight eventually arrived in Newark on Monday at 2.25 am with a delay of eight hours.
“We’re grateful for the patience shown by our customers who endured the disruptive behavior of this passenger, as well as the exceptional poise and professionalism of our flight crew,” Guerin said.