Fat Shaming Passenger Kicked Off Flight For Calling Seatmates 'Big Pigs'
By Bill Galluccio
January 27, 2019
A woman on a recent United Airlines flight from Las Vegas to New Jersey was kicked off the plane after she went on a tirade because she was sitting between passengers who she described as “two big pigs.” Video footage of the woman's rant was recorded by Norma Rodgers, who was on the receiving end of the passenger's insults.
“This is just impossible cause they’re squishing me. Like, just unbelievable. At least they’ll keep me warm,” the woman can be heard telling somebody on her cell phone. “I can’t sit here because they’re both so big on left and right. I can’t even sit here.”
Rodgers flagged down a flight attendant to see if the woman could be given another seat.
“Excuse me, can you find her another seat?" Rodgers asked. "Because I will not be verbally abused by this b**** or anybody else."
The flight attendant asked the woman to come to the back of the plane while they tried to find her another place to sit. As she got up, other passengers started chiming in and calling out the rude woman.
“You should be ashamed of yourself, madam. What you’re doing is so terrible, you should be ashamed of yourself,” one person told her.
The flight crew was unable to find the woman another seat, and she was escorted off the plane, something that Rodgers was very appreciative of.
“I would like to say thank you to the flight attendants, supervisor and gate agent that handled the situation professionally and calmly,” she wrote. “Thank you for addressing the issue immediately and not letting it escalate any further.”
United confirmed the incident and said the woman was booked on a flight to New Jersey the next day.
“United flight attendants care about the safety and well being of all of our customers which is why they acted quickly to find a different seat for the disruptive customer,” a United spokesman said. “When it became clear that this passenger’s behavior was likely to be problematic on this flight, she was provided alternate travel arrangements first thing the next morning.”