A mother – daughter duo were tossed off of Southwest Airlines flight after threatening a flight attendant when they boarded the flight late and found no aisle seats available. Talk about entitlement run amok…
Women Booted Off Southwest Flight For Threatening Flight Attendants Over Aisle Seating
A Southwest flight from Sacramento (SMF) to San Diego (SAN) had already experienced a two-hour delay when two women, a mother and daughter, stepped onboard toward the end of the boarding process. They then began screaming onboard that other passengers should move so the two could sit together on the aisle.
Video recorded by a passenger begins with a flight attendant admonishing them not to scream and telling them “We have families. We have little kids. We can’t have people yelling.” The daughter responds by correcting the flight attendant:
“I’m not yelling. I’m just trying to make an announcement for others to move.”
She then warns her that her mother will not take kindly to not having an aisle seat:
“We’ll just go sit down. She can just cry and scream on the plane.”
Turning to a flight attendant and cackling, she says:
“She’s gonna grab onto you and cry.”
A flight attendant responds:
“Ok Ma’am, if you’re going to say things like that, we’re going to have to put you on a different flight.”
A person far nicer than I am gave up her seat for the women, so the two could sit next to each other. Talk about rewarding bad behavior…
But by that point, another flight attendant had already decided the two were not fit to fly and alerted ground staff to have them escorted off.
The two ladies (surprisingly) walked off the plane without a fight.
This incident is an important reminder of two things:
- Southwest’s open seating is a benefit and drawback, depending upon your circumstances. In any case, understand what you are getting yourself into when booking Southwest.
- Screaming pays. I’m flabbergasted someone agreed to move for these two bullies. Part of me is impressed, part of me is horrified, but there are always some wiling to keep the peace at (almost) any price. Had these idiots not made threats to the flight attendants and just screamed out for an aisle seat, they likely would have gotten what they wanted and not been kicked off.
I’m not sympathetic to unkind people. Yelling and making threats remove any empathy I would have had for a mother and daughter wanting to sit together. Understand that if you fly Southwest Airlines, you must contend with open seating.
(H/T: View From The Wing)