Passengers aboard San Francisco-bound United Airlines flight witnessed a bizarre scene when their pilot decided to use the plane's intercom system to inform all passengers how she's going through an extremely rough patch in her life.
Shortly before the plane took off from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Texas, the pilot, dressed in her street clothes, went on an odd rant, talking about everything ranging from her divorces to President Donald Trump and his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
While some passengers displayed compassion to the suffering woman, others were understandably scared.
“She said, ‘Sorry I’m late, the reason I’m late is I’m going through a divorce,” Randy Reiss, a passenger aboard the flight told BuzzFeed News. “It quickly went from playful to scary.”
The beleaguered pilot elicited some sympathy from passengers, who let out "aww" when they heard about the divorce. However, she quickly made everyone uncomfortable by pointing at an interracial couple seated toward the front.
“Look, I don’t care if you voted for Trump or Clinton, they’re both a******,” Reiss recalled the pilot announce.
The pilot was not in the uniform. She was wearing a green blouse and a green cap.
At this point, many passengers were alarmed.
“So I’ll stop, and we’ll fly the plane,” she told them. “Don’t worry. I’m going to let my co-pilot fly it. He’s a man.”
The pilot chuckled at this while the passengers mumbled nervously.
“OK, if you don’t feel safe get off the plane, but otherwise we can go,” she said.
About 20 passengers asked to be let off the plane.
“She was clearly distressed," Hayes Davis, another passenger, said.
The airline, according to witnesses, called in a new pilot to fly the plane. The passengers were given snacks and a meal voucher to compensate for the delay.
So, she's off the flight. pic.twitter.com/4Lzq8O9jzY— Randy Reiss (@undeadsinatra) February 11, 2017
“She was clearly going through something, but she shouldn’t do it while flying my plane,” Davis added.
“She apologized, I hugged her, and I told her, ‘You’re going to be fine,’” Reiss explained. “She was just in a bad place emotionally and should not have been flying.”
Reiss also said that as she was being escorted by uniformed officers, the pilot turned toward him and said, "We should go on a show together."
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