A white woman was removed from a Southwest Airlines plane after she called a flight attendant the N-word.
The encounter occurred on Saturday morning before a Houston to Chicago flight got underway. According to ABC News, the female passenger became irritated when a flight attendant asked her to put her tray up in preparation for takeoff. The woman then called the flight attendant a ‘n*****’ and went off on a volatile rant.
Other passengers on board cheered the woman’s removal, and the plane landed at its destination about an hour later than scheduled.
The altercation was caught on camera:
Twitter users were more than happy with Southwest Airlines’ decision:
— Linda Patz (@LindaPatz) October 2, 2018
Am I alone in being disappointed that the plane wasn't in the air when they threw her off?
— Jack McCumiskey (@JackMccumiskey) October 2, 2018
Hope they got fired from their job (if they had one)….ppl are so stupid.
— Brian (@VA_Booyah) October 2, 2018
In an official statement, Southwest Airlines said:
The customer became unruly and verbally abusive toward our flight attendants, and the decision was made to return to the gate to deplane the Customer, where she was met by local law enforcement officers.
Our employees handled the situation professionally with grace and class, and we do not condone or tolerate such profane and unruly behavior on board our aircraft.
Some commenters pointed a finger at President Trump since there’s been an uptick in openly racist comments and behaviors since he took office:
This is Trumps world. Going to haunt us all for YEARS. The Repubes endorse Trump's world. #sad #votethemout Just think, many Trump supporters have children. The acorn doesn't fall far from the tree. Heaven help us all.
— Vincent Press (@thevincentpress) October 2, 2018
Now its angry white birds with walking sticks
— piq (@mjs137) October 2, 2018
One commenter wasn’t sure why the woman was kicked off:
So… I certainly despise that word, but how does it get you kicked off a plane?
— TheRealMo (@TheRealMo777) October 2, 2018
“How does verbal assault get you kicked off a plane?”
— incognegro (@IamDayneScott) October 2, 2018
But mostly, comments were just in support of the decision:
As. They. Should.
— MalikaGrace™ (@malikagrace1) October 2, 2018
Bastard needs to be put on the No-Fly list as well!
— KeyanaW (@KLashane) October 2, 2018