A video onboard a Southwest Airlines flight shows an angry woman trying to block another passengers from leaving the aircraft, then screaming as she walks by. A flight attendant then rightfully puts her in her place.
“Karen” Has A Meltdown On Southwest Airlines
We’ll call her Karen because, well, the shoe fits (though if you watch the video below, Karen’s anger may be explained by wearing size 3 when she needed a larger size).
Although we don’t have the full context for the video, taken by Karen’s seatmate, it begins with a black passenger trying to get off the aircraft, stating she has to go to the bathroom.
Karen hits her call button and the flight attendant, standing right behind her, asks what the issue is, stating, “Ma’am, are you going to get off the aircraft or keep screaming?” Karen refuses to say. Moments later, the black passenger tries to exit the aircraft and is physically restrained by Karen. As the passenger tries to wiggle around, Karen starts to scream like she is being murdered, feigning injury.
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— (@unknwns0ul) January 23, 2021
The black passenger slips past and the following conversation ensues:
FA: Ma’am! Ma’am! I’m watching you attack her!
Karen: “You get out of here!”
FA: “Excuse me, ma’am. I work here.”
FA: Get off the aircraft please.
Karen proceeds to depart.
Whatever the context of this video, we know that Karen was angry and the passenger trying to get off was angry. But does it matter? What we see in this video is a woman feigning injury…a liar. We also see a white woman disrespect two women of color. Could it be coincidence? Yeah. But is there a racial angle to this story? Most likely.
The high-pitched scream sounds like my eight-month-old daughter. It’s really disgusting for a grown woman and totally unnecessary, no matter what happened before the video started recording.
But kudos to the flight attendant in this video. Mask issue aside, she did a wonderful job in handling Karen and again demonstrates that flight attendants are better than many law enforcement officers at conflict de-escalation.
What do you make of Southwest Airlines Karen?
(H/T: C Boarding Group)