After an ill-behaved supporter of President-elect Donald Trump shouted obscene comments about Hillary Clinton voters — whom he called "bitches" — on a Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta to Allentown, Pa., last week, the company banned him for life.
Delta CEO Edward H. Bastian made the announcement via a statement published to the airline's website Monday. The memo also said other travelers on the Nov. 22 flight would receive refunds.
This individual displayed behavior that was loud, rude and disrespectful to his fellow customers. After questioning the customer, our team members made the best decision they could given the information they had and allowed him to remain on the flight. However, if our colleagues had witnessed firsthand what was shown in the video, there is no question they would have removed him from the aircraft. He will never again be allowed on a Delta plane.
We are also refunding those customers the cost of their tickets.
Delta was initially criticized for its response after a passenger, identified as Emma Baum, shared a portion of the unruly Trump backer's comments on social media and with various news outlets. Baum told The Morning Call she first noticed the unidentified man shouting pro-Trump phrases in the terminal and ended up sitting next to him on Flight 248.
Though he was briefly detained, the man was ultimately allowed back on the airliner and Baum said she began filming him when he stood up and started shouting in the aisle.
(Content warning: Video contains offensive language)
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During his outburst, the passenger could be heard saying, "Donald Trump, baby! We got some Hillary bitches on here?" He later yelled, "Donald Trump! It’s your president. Every godd**n one of you. If you don’t like it, too bad."
Delta's failure to bar him from the flight sparked immediate outrage, with social media users asking the commercial airline why he — a white man — wasn't removed when other races and minorities, specifically Muslims, have been subjected to additional scrutiny.