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Delta Airlines has issued an apology after one passenger caused a disruption during a flight from Atlanta, Georgia, to Allentown, Pennsylvania, last Tuesday.
In the now-viral video capturing the incident, a man stood up and started sounding off on his support of President-elect Donald Trump.
“We are sorry to our customers who experienced this disruption,” the airlines said in a statement. We have followed up with the teams involved and all agree that this customer should not have been allowed to continue on the flight. Our responsibility for ensuring all customers feel safe and comfortable with Delta includes requiring civil behavior from everyone.
“The behavior we see in this video does not square with our training or culture and follow up will continue so we can better ensure our employees will know they will be fully supported to make the right decisions when these issues arise.”
The video shows a man wearing a hat and glasses clapping and yelling about his support for Trump.
“Donald Trump baby!” the man yelled to the rest of the passengers, later adding, “We got some Hillary bitches on here? Come on, baby. Trump! That’s what I thought. That’s what I’m talking about.”
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The man continued egging on the rest of the people aboard the flight, yelling, “Hey baby, Donald Trump! Is your president. Every goddamn one of yous. If you don’t like it, too bad.” The other passengers remained quiet throughout the man’s rant.
The individual then took his seat, and the video taken by a fellow passenger has now been viewed on Facebook over 2 million times.
This is not the first time the election has wreaked on-flight havoc. Earlier this month, a United Airlines captain settled a politically-charged “scuffle” with a heartfelt plea to his passengers aboard a flight from San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta shortly after the election.
The individual who posted the video claimed “an individual with a ‘plaid shirt and a camo cap’ said something racist (about being ‘glad to have kept his guns’) to an African American lady, and she began to cry and freak out.” Then the captain reached out to those aboard the flight.
“I understand everybody has their opinions; that’s fine,” he said. “If you support him , great. If you don’t, I understand. However, we’re up here to go to Puerto Vallarta, supposed to be having a good time, and what I do ask is that as people we have the common decency to respect each other’s decisions and to get along … Nobody wants to argue, nobody’s gonna change their minds by arguing.”