An American Airlines flight attendant called out unruly passengers who became rude and abusive, including one who called a flight attendant ‘a fat gorilla,’ when a plane was diverted due to bad weather.
A Monday flight from Los Angeles to Charlotte was forced to land in Raleigh, North Carolina, before it could continue on the remaining 30 minutes of the flight to Charlotte. Ultimately, the plane sat at the airport in Raleigh for approximately three hours.
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An American Airlines flight attendant called out unruly passengers who were rude when a plane was forced to be diverted due to bad weather
Brent Underwood, 39, who describes himself as a singer for 87&Pine and a DMV employee, posted several videos on TikTok Wednesday from inside the plane during the delay in Charlotte. They were eventually compiled into a four-minute video on Instagram.
Underwood noted in the videos that the flight had been on the ground for over an hour when a man who was asked to put his face mask on told a flight attendant to ‘suck his d***,’ though that was not seen on video.
Other passengers attempted to calm the man as a male flight attendant noted the ‘frustration’ of the delays over the loudspeaker.
He said over the PA system that he would not tolerate ‘disrespect’ to any of his colleagues and threatened arrest at the gate.
‘So when we tell you to put your mask on over your mouth – which is a federal mask mandate – you need to comply,’ he said on the video.
Passengers clap as the flight attendant said he’d be happy to leave the disrespectful passenger with cops at the gate in Raleigh.
The unruly passenger later is seen arguing with the flight attendant, but eventually appears to apologize.
Another passenger is captured on video later calling the flight attendant a ‘drama queen,’ drawing scattered reactions from other passengers. The flight attendant then says the plane will be returning to the gate.
Passengers ask for the flight attendant to change his mind, with one apologizing and saying that it’s ‘the hunger talking’.
‘Just like you, we have not eaten also,’ the unidentified flight attendant can be heard saying. ‘We’ve catered to you the entire flight. We do it because we love this job’
‘Give them a Snickers!’ one passenger yells.
The flight attendant then makes an announcement at the front of the plane about the behavior of the passengers, one of whom can be heard apologizing.
‘Just like you, we have not eaten also,’ the unidentified flight attendant can be heard saying. ‘We’ve catered to you the entire flight. We do it because we love this job.
‘But the fact that we get insulted and mistreated by passengers over things we cannot control is disgusting,’ he says to some applause. ‘We’re just trying to go to Charlotte. But shame on the passengers that have made this flight a living hell for the flight attendants.’