YWN has been in contact with the passenger in the article posted Tuesday morning about his experience being kicked off a Delta flight from Ft. Lauderdale and to LaGuardia, who revealed the context of the video taken aboard the airplane.
The passenger, a Chasidic Jew, told YWN that he had traveled along with his wife and daughter to Florida, where he had business to conduct. While his wife and daughter returned to New York on Sunday night, he had some additional meetings to attend on Monday and therefore booked a flight on Delta Flight 1541 with plans to return home that evening.
He says that he boarded the aircraft carrying a single carry-on suitcase and one hat box, both of which were within the allowed size and weight limits per Delta’s baggage rules and limitations.
However, he says that immediately upon sitting down in Row 31, a stewardess and flight crew member came running up to him and said, “You people always have tons of luggage. Why can’t you put the hat box under your feet?”
The Chasidic man calmly and politely replied that he would be more than happy to do so if there wasn’t enough space in the overhead bins. IF the need arises, he told the Delta employees, he was ready and able move the hat box beneath his seat.
The stewardess then left and moved to the rear of the plane, only to return about 2 minutes later enraged. The Chasidic man told YWN that she abruptly and without consent grabbed his carry-on suitcase from the overhead bin and began walking off the aircraft. The Chasidic man immediately told her – politely – that it was his private property and requested it back.
At that point, the stewardess said: “If you don’t let me, I will show you.”
She returned the luggage to the Jewish passenger, who placed it back in the overhead bin and sat down.
Minutes later, the Jewish man was ordered off the plane and escorted by security guards, who held him on the ramp as they began investigating the incident, including questioning other passengers aboard the aircraft.
After an initial investigation, security told the Jewish man that despite their probe finding him to be in the right, the stewardess had threatened to leave the flight if he was allowed back on. Thus, the airline gave him a $500 gift card and a hotel, but did not allow him to fly to New York that evening.
He says that the airline supervisor at the airport was very nice and apologetic to him and understood that he had been the victim of discrimination and unprofessional behavior, but that Delta policies did not allow her to remove the stewardess from the flight, so she had no choice but to simply offer him another flight.
Additionally, he tell YWN that aside for this one stewardess which appeared to be anti-Semitic, all of the other Delta employees treated him with respect and dignity. They acknowledged their shortcomings, promised to properly investigate the matter and tried to help as much as possible.
Attorneys are now involved in the matter, with a letter sent to Delta Airlines demanding an explanation for the stewardess’ unacceptable behavior.
NOTE: A Hasidic passenger filmed this incident and the person thrown off the flight would like to contact you. If you were the person filming this incident, please contact YWN so we can put you in touch with the victim in this incident.
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