August 09, 2014

Woman forced off US Airways Flight 738

The flight was from Philadelphia to Lisbon, where I am now. It was US Airways Flight 738. We were about 45 minutes delayed to start with, then we boarded, and this woman passed me yelling about how we weren't going to Brazil - that we were going to Portugal (I'm assuming this is because they were speaking Portuguese on the flight, also native to Brazil). She was being very loud, swearing. Overall, you could sense that people didn't feel comfortable around her. I'm assuming that a few people must have mentioned to the flight attendant that this woman was being irrational and acting strange, there were children on the flight and some nasty words were being thrown around. Next thing I know there's a police officer standing next to me in the isle (where I'm filming from) and this woman begins to raise her voice more and more while a flight attendant tells her to calm down. I captured the rest on video. She then was taken off the plane in handcuffs and we could see her being put into a cop car outside of our windows. This was all around 9PM on Sunday night, when our flight was scheduled to leave. We were delayed another hour, I put it on Reddit not expecting anything to come of it, and now it's going viral.

They had the passengers who were seated near her move to the area I was seated in and stand in the isle/sit in vacant seats until they dealt with her. My flight was delayed 45 minutes to begin with (originally leaving at 8:45PM) but this happened during boarding, and it caused an extra hour delay so we didn't leave until around 10:15PM. The entire confrontation between her sitting down and being rude and obnoxious to the flight attendant approaching her to them taking her off the plane was about 20 minutes, give or take.

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