Delta Airlines on Monday banned a passenger for life for allegedly shouting pro-Trump remarks on board a flight last week. Flight 248 was scheduled to fly from Atlanta to Allentown, and the incident happened right before take-off.
The man, who has not been identified, is believed to have made anti-Clinton remarks as well.
What Led To The Ban
The decision came after people criticized the airline on social media for its response to the alleged incident. The crew had allowed the agitator to continue on the flight, thus raising safety concerns for other passengers on the plane.
The airline has released a statement on Monday apologizing to passengers who have been a victim of the disruption. As confirmed by Delta Chief Executive Edward H. Bastian, passengers on the Nov. 22 flight will receive refunds for their tickets.
“This individual displayed behavior that was loud, rude and disrespectful to his fellow customers,” said Bastian in the statement. “We must require civility on our planes and in our facilities.”
The Incident As It Happened
According to a report by the New York Times, the incident which was recorded by a fellow passenger Emma Baum, took off after she asked the perpetrator about the recent U.S. presidential election.
As told by Baum, she first noticed the man shouting pro-Trump remarks in the terminal while waiting for her flight. The man ended up sitting next to her and she started asking him questions about the election.
This seemed to have got him started as he stood up and started clapping, all the while shouting at other passengers. The entire incident was recorded in her cellphone video.
He yelled: “Donald Trump, baby! We got some Hillary bitches on here?
“Donald Trump! It’s your president. Every goddamn one of you. If you don’t like it, too bad.”
The man was briefly removed from the plane but afterwards, he was allowed back to continue on the flight.
“We have followed up with the teams involved and all agree that this customer should not have been allowed to continue on the flight,” said Bastian’s apologetic remark on Monday.
“After questioning the customer, our team members made the best decision they could given the information they had and allowed him to remain on the flight.”
The chief executive also confirmed that that the man in question will never be allowed on a Delta plane again.
Delta CEO has also shared an internal memo with all Delta employees in light of last week’s incident.