A Southwest Airlines passenger was removed from her flight from Chicago to Houston after she called a flight attendant the n-word on Saturday.
Witnesses told Houston’s KTRK (ABC13) that the woman became upset when the flight attendant asked for the tray table to be put up because the plane was about to take off. The request was met with profanities and use of the racial slur.
The unidentified woman’s outburst led to her being removed from the plane where she was later met with local law enforcement at the gate. She was not charged with a crime, according to Yahoo Lifestyle.
In a statement to ABC 13, Southwest said that the passenger was “unruly” and “abusive:”
On Flight #5593 with scheduled service from Chicago Midway to Houston Hobby on Saturday morning, our reports indicate that a Customer refused to comply with our Flight Crew’s instructions after boarding and before the flight departed Chicago. The customer became unruly and verbally abusive toward our flight attendants, and the decision was made to return to the gate to deplane the Customer, where she was met by local law enforcement officers. Our employees handled the situation professionally with grace and class, and we do not condone or tolerate such profane and unruly behavior on board our aircraft. Once the customer deplaned the aircraft, the flight resumed to Houston Hobby, arriving about an hour later than originally scheduled.
Check out a video of the incident below.
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