An American man was kicked off a flight after his racist tirade forced the plane to turn back.
The incident occurred onboard a United Airline’s San Francisco-bound flight from Sydney, Australia, on New Year, when the man broke into a rant and insulted two passengers, either of Pakistani or Indian descent, who were seated on both sides of him. He was apparently annoyed that they were talking to each other over him.
In the video that has gone viral in social media, the 42-year-old man can be seen confronting a flight attendant and telling her, “If you guys treat people right on these things, you see two last names the same don’t put someone else in the middle of them.”
After the attendant told him not to yell, the man said, “I'm perfectly calm. I'm not yelling, you want to hear me f****** yelling?”
The attendant, who cannot be heard in the video, apparently told him that if he didn’t behave, they would have to turn the plane back and remove him from the flight, but the warning didn’t deter him.
"Do you know how cool it would be to have the airplane turned around because of me?" the man shouts after her. “You are going to do that? You'd do that? I'm being so impolite aren't I, fat a**.”
The video then ends but according to a passenger on the plane states that the unnamed man had a lot to say even after that.
“The rant progressed from cursing Indians to Asians to Muslims to non-whites in general and calling flight crew f****ts and fat a**,” the passenger said. “He was subdued after the pilot announced the diversion to Auckland.”
Another person said the man went into a rage about 40 minutes into the flight and demanded beer.
After the plane went to New Zealand, another video shows several security guards escorting the man out — who surprisingly went docilely with them.
Police: "Badly behaved passenger" that caused #UA870 diversion being held in police custody in Auckland, NZ. Awaiting flight. No charges.— Tim Jue (@timjue) January 2, 2017
The man was refused entry into New Zealand after his outburst and local authorities made arrangements to get him back to the United States.
However, the flight he was evicted from was delayed 12 hours and the airline had to arrange for hotels to spend the night in for all 252 passengers.
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