Skip to comments.Family Asked To Leave Southwest Flight After Tweet
Posted on 07/23/2014 9:36:52 AM PDT by Dallas59
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) A Twin Cities man is upset about the way his family was treated on a Southwest Airlines flight because of a tweet.
Duff Watson says he was asked to de-board a flight from Denver to Minneapolis with his two kids on Sunday after an agent didnt like a tweet he wrote about her service.
Watson and the agent had a disagreement before boarding initially.
I was left, you know, very upset, very embarrassed, very humiliated, Watson said.
Hes an A-List passenger, which means he gets priority boarding. But a gate agent wouldnt let his 6-year-old and 9-year-old board with him so theyd all have to wait to board later.
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Southwest is a joke. Stopped flying them years ago.
If he had been black it would not have happened.
Can I ask a stupid question? How did SW Airlines people find his Twitter feed right then when he was still at the airport? Do their personnel really go to social media sites when they are at work??? I think there my be an untold story here.
Sometimes a jackwagon meets a bigger jackwagon. It’s the way of the Tao.
Yep I agree. I don’t do Facebook or Twitter, for the very reason that I don’t feel the need to broadcast everything I think about or everything I do.
While I think the agent/SWA are stupid for tossing him off the plane and forcing him to delete the tweet......but as a rule, in life it isn’t smart to talk smack to someone who is assembling your food or can throw you off the plane.
I love Southwest. Much better than Useless Airways
I still wonder why people insist on embarrassing themselves with tweets. What a stupid thing to do.
I still wonder why people submit themselves to be treated like terrorists and herded like cattle and pay outrages prices for the privilege.
This is an isolated incident and SW apologized. End of story. I like SW Airlines and use them whenever I can. Flight attendants are usually very cordial and even funny at times.
I lock out every possible part of a production line just to change a fuse. Not required in most cases, but they like to push buttons when you are inside or around equipment.
I thought story was going to say the tweet was “By the Grace of Allah, I shall be humping those virgins soon”.
Something smells here. I fly Southwest almost exclusively during business trips, and this does not sound like the flight attendants and gate people I usually encounter. And normally, they don’t have time to do something silly like monitoring customers’ Twitter feeds during the boarding process.
We fly SW and love it. Never had any trouble with it.
Thank more seats for me and my family
He “addressed” the tweet to the by putting @SWA in it. Not sure yanking him off the plane was the right move, but he did decide to turn it into a pissing contest, he shouldn’t be surprised he got a bit wet.
She said, You cant board the plane unless you delete that tweet, Watson said.
Now, thanks to her forcing the guy to delete a random tweet that would have been lost in the sea of tweets, she is going to have multiple news stories written about her, and millions of more people will know who she is.
As the comedian John Oliver observed:
“...the Internet is like quicksand. The more aggressively you fight to remove yourself from it, the deeper youre going to sink down into it. The case in point is the guy who started all of this.
(he is speaking of the Spanish man who sued to have himself “forgotten” by google)
The only thing I know about him, is the only thing he didnt want me to know.
>unless the children were also A-List, the A-List passenger can’t bring them on board during priority seating. The flight attendant was merely following the rule:
Please note when traveling this holiday season, reserved boarding privileges are only provided for A-List and A-List Preferred Members. If an A-List or A-List Preferred Member is traveling on a multiple-Passenger reservation, reserved boarding privileges will not be provided for non-A-List Members in the same reservation. This includes family and friends traveling on the same itinerary or traveling with the Tier status holder.
Twitter, as far as I can see, is a swamp of moronic babbling.
By self consumed kids ( or adults acting like kids)who think what they have to say or what they comment on is actually important.
Excellent comment. Stealing it, pretending it's mine. The Tao gets around.
Let me add: I fly Southwest a lot, although I’m not A-List. When I’m traveling with my wife, we’re always separated. With regard to traveling with minor children and others requiring assistance, these people board immediately after A-List and prior to people like me. They should not have a problem finding adjacent seats. Minimizing the time and expense in the boarding process is part of Southwest’s business model. It helps keep cost and ticket prices down.
SW has the best prices and they’ve always treated me fine.
Kind of like "winning" an auction.
Southwest is a joke. Stopped flying them years ago.
So really what you are telling us is that your opinion of SW is based on extremely dated information and should not be used to judge who they are today.
If you use it to make money, let me know how you did it.
“Can I ask a stupid question? How did SW Airlines people find his Twitter feed right then when he was still at the airport? “
That’s what I’m curious to know as well.
To believe Duff Watson’s story we have to assume that the SW Airlines staff knew what his twitter handle is and that they had enough free time to go surfing for his comments.
If the article had included his twitter address we could at least look to see if the comment is actually there.
I moved to a place where they are only 2% of the population. Most of them are on the eastern end of the state. The few out here are either just normal or foreign born. None of that thug life crap going on.
Better to keep ones thoughts to themselves and appear to be stupid than to Tweet and remove all doubt.
No doubt Katy Perry could have used that famous advice.
Whether the man was right or wrong, it was his right to tweet the message.
There was no threat, real or implied in the message.
No one has the right to tell him to delete anything.
Kimberly was on a power trip, and needs to grow a thicker skin if you are in customer service.
Having not flown in 11 years, I can see why I do not miss it.
She's far from alone in that area.
I’m thinking they have somebody whose job it is (in real time) to look at tweets that have hashtags mentioning SW.
Sounds like the passenger AND the agent are both on the “A-List”.
Katy made $40 mil last year and is an Obama supporter.
By MSM definition she’s a genius.
People who are so petty as to berate an employee who is merely following orders are among my least favorite jerks. It's often people who claim some sort of privilege. I bet this a-hole was kicking up quite a ruckus, too.
Haven’t flown since 2006. I have about 40 years left of life and will never fly again. I have no desire to see anything I cannot drive to. I like being a close to my property person. Home and family that’s my pleasures.
Something to remember when some jerk embarrasses you in front of the entire universe. Let it rest rather than attract lots of attention to it. In fact, it often becomes a fitting comment on his stupidity just by hanging there as the last word.
Royalties will be contributed to FR in your name:)
his 6-year-old and 9-year-old
TSA want to fondle the children first I Guess.
I love arrogant “way to treat an A-List passenger” comment - like it’s some kind of hero badge.
You’re right about the rock-hard torture device.
I’ll fly SW, but dang my butt got sore!
And if his name had been Mohammed they would have given him Southwest Airlines prayer rugs for him and his kids.
What a big whiny baby SW has employed. IOW, she took company time to search out his tweet and went on a personal quest to make a scene. But somehow removing the tweet would make her feel safe again. Sticks and stones. Not that I fly these days but heads up to all airlines - I do NOT board without my children. Period. End of discussion.
The guy was probably being a class-A jerk while demanding privileges he wasn’t entitled to. It would be interesting to see a video of the original encounter.
Then to threaten a “tweet”. What a dweeb. His kids, particularly the 9-year-old, were probably embarrassed by his actions. Some example he set for them.
Waiters probably spit in his soup on a regular basis, I’m betting.
And until we really know how big an ass he really was, we can’t really know whether the gate attendant over-reacted. By then she might have even been questioning whether it was safe to leave him on the plane given his mood and behavior.
This started with him demanding special treatment and not graciously taking no for an answer. It’s all on him. Every bit of it.
LOL! Good to know there are still some white people in the Cities!