On Monday, Delta announced that it will be banning the unnamed passenger who went on a pro-Donald Trump tirade on a flight during the holiday weekend.
CEO Ed Bastian said, "if our colleagues had witnessed firsthand what was shown in the video, there is no question they would have removed him from the aircraft. He will never again be allowed on a Delta plane."
The Daily Beast reported that Delta will refund the airfare to all other passengers on the flight.
The airline company made an apology saying that "the behavior we see in this video does not square with our training or culture." The statement also declared that in the future, "our employees will know they will be fully supported to make the right decisions when these issues arise."
The emboldening of Trump supporters from the president-elect's bigoted rhetoric ostracizes those who don't fit his prescribe mold of what it means to be an American.
They are getting way too bold.
A Donald Trump fan channeled his candidate's bigoted rhetoric when he got up suddenly on a Delta Airlines flight from Atlanta to Allentown and started provoking other passengers by asking whether they were Trump supporters or “Hillary bi***es.”
“Donald Trump, baby! We got some Hillary b****es on here?” the man is heard saying in a video that went viral this week on Facebook.
“Come on baby, Trump! Donald Trump is your president,” the unidentified man added. “Every god**** one of you. If you don't like it, too bad.”
While the man was ranting, a yoga teacher named Emma Baum unobtrusively recorded him and shared the video on her Facebook page, where it had gotten almost a million views at the time of this writing.
As the man sits back on his seat, the camera pans around the cabin and many passengers appear shocked or uncomfortable over the sudden and unnecessary show of hostility.
The man was later taken away by the flight crew, according to Baum, but was sent back to his seat after 15 minutes.
“This is what you get for being a patriot,” said the man before he reclaimed his seat and hopefully shut up for the rest of the flight.
The incident has raised the ire of a lot of people, including Shaun King, who called it the “epitome of post-election white privilege,” after noting the crew did not kick out the man in spite of multiple requests.
The epitome of post-election white privilege. He wasn't put off the plane in spite of multiple requests. pic.twitter.com/9ZvMhLgLYs— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) November 24, 2016
If you take a look at the number of people of color, who have been thrown out because of having a beard, wearing a turban or headscarf, speaking Arabic or even for reading a book, this incident is really noteworthy, and does indeed reek of white supremacy.
Take a look at what others have to say about the man: