Robert J. O’Neill’s claim to fame is that he killed Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan while a US Navy SEAL in 2011. He has turned that feat into a lucrative career as an author and public speaker.
But O’Neill received negative attention yesterday when he tweeted a picture of himself sitting on a Delta flight without a mask along with the caption, “I’m not a p*ssy”.
After receiving pushback like the tweet below, he deleted the tweet about five hours later.
You’re not a “pussy” because the vagina is one of the most resilient parts of the human body that can withstand childbirth. You’re more of a selfish coward willing to jeopardize the lives of others, including the Marine veteran behind you proudly wearing a USMC hat and a mask.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) August 19, 2020
Then later blamed his wife…
I didn’t delete my tweet. My wife did.
— Robert J. O’Neill (@mchooyah) August 19, 2020
What Should Delta Do About Robert O’Neill?
One Mile at a Time hints that Delta should ban him for being a d*ck.
Maybe, but one selfie is hardly indicative of his behavior on the flight before or after the photo was taken.
I’m not going to defend him for taking his mask off or his puerile statement. But let’s not be judge, jury, and executioner simply based upon one photo.
(if we do want to judge him, maybe take a look at some of these other NSFW tweets…)
Maybe he was eating or drinking when this photo was taken. Maybe he took his mask off, took the picture, and put it right back on. If that is the case, it makes him a hypocrite and somewhat cowardly (I won’t use his word), but remember Delta’s policy is not about one-time violations, but passengers who are not correctable. As Delta CEO Ed Bastian explained:
“We’ve been steadily and rather aggressively stepping up our enforcement of the mask policy. You cannot board a Delta plane unless you have a mask on. If you board the plane and insist on not wearing a mask, we insist that you do not fly Delta into the future. We already have 100 people put onto that list.”
Key word: insist, which implies not a single violation, but a continued refusal to wear the mask.
If he really refused to wear his mask, wouldn’t a flight attendant have documented it? After all, Delta has already banned over 100 passengers and has been very clear about enforcing its mandatory mask policy.
The fact that O’Neill deleted the tweet suggests some level of remorse to me. If he now understands that he’s welcome to his opinion but has to play by Delta’s rules should he choose to fly Delta, then we don’t have a problem anymore.
We have one tweet. Now let’s see if there is an incident report or the guy was just trying to pander to the crowd that sees masks as a sign of weakness, not solidarity. At this point, I’m not prepared to do anything more than roll my eyes at him.
That said, he does seem to make a habit of at least taking pictures onboard airplanes without masks…
— Robert J. O’Neill (@mchooyah) July 20, 2020
Your thoughts on Mr. O’Neill?