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I am not a fan of flight attendants on power trips, though I do also try to understand the concept that we often don’t hear the complete story when a passenger takes to social media with their version.  After all, it’s only human nature for passengers to want to paint themselves in the best light possible and downplay anything that they might have done before the cameras started rolling.

I read a report over in USA Today about 5 passengers (including a child) kicked off of a Delta plane leaving from Fort Wayne Indiana.  The source comes from one of the affected passenger’s Instagram account

I question whether this was truly “racism” as the passenger alleges, but I do believe that there are certainly cases where white people can get away with things that people of color can not (though it’s unclear whether this is one such case)

“Safety issues”

I understand that flight attendants have extremely broad power to remove passengers from flights for safety issues, and I support them in that – we all want our flights to be safe.

I just feel like we as a society need to start addressing the fact that most of these stories do not qualify as “safety” issues.  At least in what I saw, there was no safety issue whatsoever.  Unless you’re trying to say that a phone not put in airplane mode is going to crash the plane, in which case we probably would have had millions of planes crash by now 🙂

I mean at the end of the Instagram video, you can hear the flight attendant telling the second passenger (seated behind the original passenger) that “everyone with an attitude is getting off”  after he calmly gives his side of the story.  I feel like “attitude” would have to be ATTITUDE (!) before it would be a safety issue

What do you think? Should Delta have removed these 5 passengers?  Leave your notes in the comments


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