People don’t get thrown off airplanes for wearing masks (usually), so I’m not defending the couple removed. But the childish antics of a Southwest Airlines flight attendant remind me of why I tend to avoid that carrier.
Unprofessional Southwest Flight Attendant Mocks Couple Onboard
At Southwest, at least prior to the pandemic, humor was key. Flight attendants were encouraged to improvise around essential safety and boarding announcements and YouTube is full of such examples.
But while Southwest is known as the airline of humor, it has also thrown off two-year olds and handicapped passengers during the pandemic and takes a “rules must overrule common sense” approach to onboard masks.
We don’t know what happened on this particular flight, but video was posted on TikTok of a woman in the first row arguing with a flight attendant. She is clearly wearing a mask properly in the video and insists that she was earlier, calling the flight attendant a “liar” for implying she was not. Nevertheless, she was kicked off the flight and complies.
Other passengers on the plane applaud and she responds by giving them the middle finger.
Fine, fine. That’s still commonplace these days.
What caught my attention was the flight attendant’s reaction once the couple were removed. Did you notice it above in the final seconds of the video?
She does a little victory dance, causing many flight passengers to laugh.
Appropriate? While social ostracization is a powerful tool to encourage conformity and compliance, my answer is no.
I’m not going to generalize and label this flight attendant a “power tripping matron” or other insults routinely levied at flight attendants.
Yet I view the flight attendant’s actions as so incredibly churlish for one who holds herself out as a safety professional.
Flight attendants should work on being nice to customers, not being mean to them. Even if unruly passengers deserve our scorn, I believe that flight attendants cheapen their profession when they revel in the downfall of others…