Skip to comments.(3) Women kicked off airplane at PBIA claim unruly flight attendant was to blame (ridiculous)
Posted on 12/06/2011 7:40:57 AM PST by rawhide
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - Three women were escorted off a New York bound flight at Palm Beach International Airport Monday afternoon by airline staff and Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputies. The women claim they did not do anything wrong and that a flight attendant on board was the only one behaving poorly.
The women -- a lawyer, a therapist and a retired travel agent -- were complete strangers until they were seated near one another on AirTran Flight 1451 to White Plains, New York. They were buckled in and ready to take off when they said a male flight attendant began mishandling some overhead luggage.
"I said, 'Hey, I have breakables in that,'" said Marilyn Miller.
Miller said her plea was ignored and that the flight attendant even began shoving other bags into hers. "It was just like a bully and I found myself shaking."
Passenger Carol Gray also had a problem and requested attention from the same flight attendant.
"I said, 'Excuse me sir, my seat is broken,' and he looked at me and said, 'I'm not talking to you,' and poked me in the arm," said Gray.
Miller and Gray said the attendant was getting angry and threatened to throw both women off of the airplane.
"He said, 'Well, you're getting off.' I said, 'You've got to be kidding me,'" said Miller, who was escorted off of the plane into the jet-way.
The women claim two sheriff's deputies and some airline staffers arrived to take them away. Passenger Karyn Schorr decided it was time to speak up.
"I said, 'This is crazy, they didn't do anything. Why are you doing this to them?'" And he said, 'Throw her off too,'" Schorr said.
All three women said they were in shock when they were lead off of the airplane and back to the terminal.
"My seat was broken and it really was. Her bag was being mishandled. And this other woman came to our defense," said Gray. "Those are hardly causes to throw us all off the plane."
The women said the airlines should do a better job selecting the people that are in control in the air.
"Stewards have all the power when you're on an airplane, I get that," said Schorr. "But, this is a man who is not balanced."
AirTran and parent company Southwest Airlines have not responded to repeated requests for a comment. The company's website displays the mission of a flight attendant to "deliver friendly, enthusiastic and professional service...while making safety the number one goal."
The women were not cited or charged with any crimes and were offered a flight on another airline back to New York paid for by AirTran. They were told that someone from AirTran management would be contacting each of them directly.
"I've never seen this flight attendant and if I ever see him on a plane again, I'm getting off," said Miller.
I’ve witnessed gay male flight attendants really go off on women, for no reason.
I gave the lady a UA “comment card” and told her “It’s not just for compliments!”
You would think a male flight attendant would be flirting with them. Oh, wait, I guess not. My bad.
I’m usually somewhat skeptical of stories like this, especially where I’m only getting one side of it. But when I came upon the second line where none of the three knew eachother, that pretty much sealed it.
Most male stewardesses are... you know.
...walk into a bar...
I know there's a joke in there somewhere.
Another reason why I don’t fly, that any customer service issue has the potential to become a federal law enforcement matter.
Talk about making a fabulous exit.
To me, it sounded like an intro to a new Fall lineup sitcom about 3 women who never met get onto a plane together and then..... “Fly Girls”, new competitor with the Pan Am series, whatever that is/was.
Power just trips some people out. Give them the power to throw people off a plane, and they will find a reason to do so.
I hope karma makes that jerk’s life hellish. But being a miserable human doesn’t give anyone the right to spread their misery to others through an abuse of power.
I’ve had run ins with this guy. Well, at least a guy like him. Once I had a guy threaten to throw me off the plane when I pointed out that the bag that was keeping the overhead from shutting was a crew bag. (something about the big neon “CREW” tag was my first clue.) He blew up and said that was completely not true and started in on me about the TSA, babbling. I didn’t really have time for a run in with security, so I sat down. The other passengers around us were cracking up, trying to contain their laughter.
Registered my displeasure on how these three women were treated, suggested a firng of this guy, and restitution to the three women here.
Wait a minute.
Wasn't that the problem in the first place?
On another note, a good friend flies for a major airline. The stories he tells about the male attendants make me cover my ears and say, 'lalalalalalalalalalalalalalala"!
a lawyer, a therapist and a retired travel agent
My line was going to be:
"walked into a bar."
Maybe someone will complete the joke...
:: he looked at me and said, ‘I’m not talking to you,’ and poked me in the arm,” ::
I’d have filed assualt charges after demanding to be let off the flight.
Thats funny, and usually the case. However, I have a good friend who is a male steward for Delta. He is GREAT at his job, probably the friendliest guy you would ever know. Straight as an arrow, and before he got married, he got more action than anyone I know.
He is, he says, an aberration. But he is very popular and well liked. I once was on a flight that he was working on, and watched him carefully for a while before I made my presence known. Just a real cool guy.
I HATE flying/airports/rude fellow passengers.
I have a 9 hour flight out of LAX to Tahiti scheduled for February 2012.
I’d rather undergo a root canal on my colon.
No wonder airlines are in trouble.
That is certainly not the attitude of the wildly successful Southwest Airlines who hired Cowboy Cheerleader-class girls, dressed them in hot pants, minis and boots
and billed themselves as, "Somebody else up there that loves you"... and advertised, "More love in the air..." -- and served free drinks on each of their 50-minute flights between Houston, Austin and Dallas Love Field.
He should have hit them with his purse.
Let me tell you that the 13 hour flight from LAX to Taiwan or Kuala Lumpur is even more brutal.
Leaving to join the USMC?
Wow; you could hear the hissy fit in his voice just by reading his quotes.
I’m heading in the opposite direction to Jakarta and Bali via Singapore Air about the same time. At least I get a layover at the airport in Singapore (touted as one of the world’s best) and the company of some fabulous looking flight attendants, all single females under the age of 28.
AIDS "patient zero" Gaëtan Dugas was a highly sexually active stewardess that really got around, the whole world. Shouldn't human virus laboratories be banned from frequent border crossings?
In the 1960s a way for a pretty woman to meet a rich husband was by being a great stewardess. Flying was fun and business men dressed up. Flying is much cheaper now, but don't expect much more than a bus ride and wash your hands frequently. Stewardesses should really hand out sterile disposable face masks to everyone on every flight now. In Japan face masks are common. I wish that caught on here.
Much, much better to shut down the engines before deplaning or boarding.
It’s not difficult to walk into an almost-invisible spinning prop if one is not real careful.
Was on a US Air flight, caught real early (5AM) with no breakfast then mad dash through Charlotte to catch connecting flight to Denver. From Charlotte to Denver, was ready to pay $5 for a lousy “snack” box but was in back of plane so, of course, they ran out by the time they made it to the back of the plane. The male flight attendant said to me when I asked why they ran out of all food when they knew how many people were on the plane ahead of time, “Why don’t you write a letter” in a VERY nasty tone!
All this abuse and a $700 ticket cost...
Sounds like something I said about a former boss.
Between the nasty abusive TSA and the frustrated, stressed out flight crews... not excusing the flight crew behavior, but I wonder if by the time the stressed out passengers get on the plane following the harassing screening processes that sometimes our attitude is such that after long runs and returns the flight crews have had it too?
Flying nowadays for flight crews must often times be as miserable for them as it is for us..
But they are to be have professionally and when they don’t report em. Seems the ladies in the story did nothing wrong but not only be harassed prior to boarding, but once on board and maybe again after deplaning..I hate flying too.
AirTran. Is this referring to the airline or the flight attendant?
I’m hoping someone nails me in the hip with a tranquilizer dart, just before take-off.
It really needs to go beyond that if the story the women are telling is accurate. I'd say a $10,000 payment by the airline to each as compensation for the aggravation they experienced, and maybe $5,000 to each from the flight attendant. People have become virtual slaves of the airlines from about a half hour before the scheduled departure of any airplane, until they walk out of the airplane. But even a slave deserves some measure of decency.
Typical “snooty f*g” flight attendant!
Since male flight attendants are almost always homosexual, why would that be surprising?
Mrs WBill's hairdresser is a *very* effiminate, slight man. And a Hairdresser. As a wedding gift to her, he made her a tiara to wear, because making them is his hobby.
He's also married to an absolute knockout blonde, and the two of them have 5 kids.
So you're right. You just never know.
Ah, nostalgia, I remember those days fondly. I was a 14/15-year old teenager always flying around Texas to make a connection in El Paso, because it was cheaper to go to PHX that way than a direct flight...those friendly gals paid lots more friendly attention to a nice young man reading a dozen books per flight...vs paying attention to a**-grabbing-cigar-chewers...they'd take me back to the galley and sit me on the fold-down seat so I would occupy it for them and pretend not to be watching them work...
How the world has changed for the worse...alas.
Let’s say you’re ~180 - 200 lbs. Two Tylenol PM with a double scotch chaser should be good for 7 hours.
As long as you are not presently at risk for stroke, you’ll be fine with that dosage ;-)
Been there, taken that. Slept thru much of the pacific ocean. Awakened as we passed just south of Okinawa.
We were thinking Ambien, but that should do the trick as well.
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