A United Airlines passenger was kicked off her flight after loudly complaining about her seatmates, fat-shaming them and repeating she was being "squished."
In a new episode of ‘people being rude on airplanes just because they can,’ a woman was caught on video making rude remarks about her seat neighbors aboard a plane from Las Vegas to Newark on January 2.
A United Airlines Boeing 777-300ER plane. | Source: Wikimedia Commons Images
Norma Rodgers and her partner, McKinley 'Mac' Frink, had the window and aisle seats respectively, while the unidentified blonde passenger was in the middle seat. However, the woman felt she didn’t have enough space, and loudly complained about being “squished.”
The video, recorded by Rodgers and posted on Facebook, starts with the woman moaning to someone on the phone:
“Oh my goodness, I don't know how I'm going to do this for the next four hours. This is just impossible cause they're squishing me. Like, friggin' just unbelievable.”
Economy seats on an Airbus A320-200. | Source: Wikimedia Commons Images
“At least they’ll keep me warm,” she adds.
Then, another passenger approaches the woman to say there’s a chance of getting her a window seat on another row, to which she replies “Find me a window, get me out of here. I can’t do this.” After a few moments, the person comes back and says there are no other seats available, prompting the woman to say she can't breathe, and she's being squished, again.
The unidentified woman was complaining about her sit arrangement. | Source: Facebook/Smash Da Topic Breaking News
Then, McKinley says something inaudible in the video, and the woman replies with “well, I eat salad.”
After an awkward moment in which the woman stares directly at Rodgers’ camera, she finally rings a flight attendant and asks for the woman to be moved to another seat.
“Excuse me, can you find her another seat? Because I will not be verbally abused by this b***h or anybody else,” says Rodgers, a certified nurse from New Jersey.
“I will not be verbally abused by anybody. I'm not tolerating it.”
McKinley had to endure the woman's fat-shaming remarks. | Source: Facebook/Smash Da Topic Breaking News
The woman in the middle proceeds to show the flight attendant her situation, saying Rodgers and McKinley are “too big." The flight attendant then offers her to wait at the back of the plane to see if there’s another seat available.
As the woman steps out of her seat and into the aisle, she repeats again, “I eat salad.”
Another passenger then steps in to say the woman should be ashamed of herself for her actions. “I'm not politically correct,” she fires back as another passenger says to her “Make America great again, that's a good example.”
“Why don’t you try and sit between those two pigs?” the woman says to another passenger, prompting Rodgers to fire back with “B***h, kiss my fat ass.” She also tells the flight attendant she wants to file a complaint, and a platinum member she’s not going to tolerate the disrespect.
At one point, the woman stared directly at the camera. | Source: Facebook/Smash Da Topic Breaking News
“I am not starting my new year off with this kind of negativity,” she added.
Gloria wrote in her original post:
“My old days would have been to beat the b***h's ass. The politically correct Norma called to speak with supervisors and asked that she be moved. Another passenger requested she be taken off the plane. Several passengers informed the supervisor of her behavior.”
In the end, the woman was removed from the plane.
Tired of the woman's rudeness, Rodgers called a flight attendant. | Source: Facebook/Smash Da Topic Breaking News
Rodgers also thanked the flight crew for how they handled the situation, writing:
"I would like to say thank you to the flight attendants, supervisor and gate agent that handled the situation professionally and calmly. Thank you for addressing the issue immediately and not letting it escalate any further."
The video has earned over 2.7 million views and 12k comments with mixed reactions. Some people defend the woman and say she was being squished, others agree, but believe the woman could have gone differently about the entire situation.
Fellow passengers demanded the woman to be removed from the flight. | Source: Facebook/Smash Da Topic Breaking News
“I fly long distance a lot. 10-hour flight in this condition? Absolute no. But she could have gone to the flight attendant and spoke privately about the room issue. Humiliating humans around you is never ok. Her goal here is not to just change the seat, but to also insult.”
“I don't blame her for wanting to move because they were all too big to share that row however she did not need to be a rude cow about it. She could have spoken discreetly to the attendant save feelings being hurt. But oh nope Hilary wanted to be dramatic."
"Why don’t you try and sit between those two pigs?” the woman says to another passenger. | Source: Facebook/Smash Da Topic Breaking News
Others were more blatant about the situation:
“Should’ve paid for first class then, princess.”
“So she’s gonna act like she’s not the size of a linebacker. She is going down the aisle sideways. I hope she gets the same treatment she gave.”
This is not the first time a rude passenger goes viral aboard a United Airlines plane. Last year, there were several similar incidents involving the airline.
For example, in March 2018, Frederick Joseph took to Twitter to share the unpleasant encounter he had on a flight from Austin, Texas, to Newark, New Jersey, thanks to the woman sitting beside him.
He opened his complaint by posting a photo of the woman’s feet propped up next to his food tray, calling the action “white privilege.”
Joseph explained that after waiting in vain for a flight attendant to notice the situation, he tried to handle the situation by himself. He recalled the conversation on a long Twitter thread: “I say “ma’am, I’m trying to eat, and your feet are next to my food.” She says “what do you want me to do; the seats are small.”
After a back and forth discussion, in which the woman exclaimed "This is why I fly first class, and I don’t come back here with everyone else," a flight attendant was finally called to help defuse the situation. After suggesting the woman put one foot down or move them more to the window, she said, “if I put one foot down, I want to be accommodated for accommodating him.”
To Joseph's surprise, the flight attendant came back a few minutes later with the promise of a $1,000 voucher for the woman, for her troubles.
Stunned about the absurd response, Joseph made a complaint to the airline a few days later, but they allegedly told him that the woman never got the $1,000 vouched she was promised
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