The mask mandate may be lifted, but poor behavior will not end, especially if airlines like JetBlue continue to struggle with delays and cancellations. Enter former Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly, who cursed out a JetBlue gate agent for a rolling delay, before blaming the Biden Administration.
Bill O’Reilly Takes Out Anger On JetBlue Employee, Biden Administration
O’Reilly was traveling from New York (JFK) to Providenciales (PLS) in the Turks & Caicos on JetBlue flight 1179 on Sunday, April 3, 2022. The flight was delayed over three hours and O’Reilly was growing impatient over the lack of updates from the gate agent.
In a video captured by another passenger, O’Reilly lays into the gate agent, stating:
- “What you’re gonna do…it’s three hours late”
- “No, no, no, You’re gonna find out”
- “You f*cking scumbag, don’t talk to me like that”
- “You’re gonna lose your job”
- “You’re lucky I don’t put my fist through it” (his name tag)
It isn’t clear what caused the delay, but the operational performance at JetBlue has been nothing short of dreadful lately. O’Reilly’s flight ultimately took off over five hours late.
Discussing the issue this week, O’Reilly apologized for losing his cool, but tried to reframe the issue as an indictment on JetBlue:
“The story is JetBlue can’t get their flights off the ground. It was crazy in the terminal.”
O’Reilly even spent an entire segment on his podcast highlighting JetBlue’s recent operational woes.
The controversial host believes JetBlue is guilty of “fraud in the inducement” because it sells seats on flights it knows will not operate or not operate in a timely manner.
O’Reilly also blamed the Biden Administration for failing to take the problem seriously:
“For some reason, the Biden administration is not big on solving problems. This is a huge problem.”
He know says the media storm about this harsh words are character assassination.
The character assassins on social media completely lying about my interaction with a JetBlue guy who misled passengers during a five-hour delay. We’ve covered on https://t.co/rryWmyXe7C. I expected this.
— Bill O’Reilly (@BillOReilly) April 19, 2022
It should be noted this incident took place two weeks before the mask mandate was vacated by a federal judge and O’Reilly also failed to wear a mask while engaging with the gate agent.
O’Reilly was justifiably angry over JetBlue’s horrific operational performance, which has stranded or delayed thousands of passengers over the last few weeks. Even so, there is never an excuse to curse out an airline employee for a delay beyond his control. Intimidating and bullying will not get your flight out quicker.
Anger management is a wonderful thing. We’ll do it live.
(H/T: One Mile At A Time)