VIDEO: Southwest Airlines removes ‘unruly’ passenger for calling flight attendant the N-word
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A Southwest Airlines flight travelling from Chicago to Houston was delayed after a passenger allegedly used racial slurs.
An “unruly” passenger was removed from a Southwest Airlines flight travelling from Chicago to Houston on Saturday after calling a flight attendant the N-word.
The woman, whose identity has not been made public, became upset after cabin crew asked her to put her tray table up for takeoff.
“She’s a stupid [expletive]” the woman is heard saying.
After the offensive response, the flight crew kicked the passenger off the flight where she was met at the gate by local law enforcement.
Fellow passengers applauded the woman’s exit.
In a statement to ABC13, Southwest Airlines said: “On Flight #5593 with scheduled service from Chicago Midway to Houston Hobby on Saturday morning, our reports indicate that a Customer refused to comply with our Flight Crew’s instructions after boarding and before the flight departed Chicago.
“The customer became unruly and verbally abusive toward our flight attendants, and the decision was made to return to the gate to deplane the Customer, where she was met by local law enforcement officers.
“Our employees handled the situation professionally with grace and class, and we do not condone or tolerate such profane and unruly behavior on board our aircraft. Once the customer deplaned the aircraft, the flight resumed to Houston Hobby, arriving about an hour later than originally scheduled.”
According to reports, the woman was not charged with a crime.