A Korean Air flight preparing to depart from Incheon Airport was reportedly delayed almost two hours by the passenger.
A U. S.-bound passenger was dragged allegedly from a Korean Air flight from South Korea to San Francisco on Friday, allegedly because she refused to sit in her designated economy class seat.
Images of the incident to share on YouTube by Korea JoongAng Daily, a Korean newspaper affiliated with The New York Times shows the woman’s resistance against various Korean Air flight attendants try to remove her before the take off from the Airport of Incheon.
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In the video, the passenger can also be heard chanting, “U. S. Marshall”, and what sounds like “Korean Air stole my passport” as well as the employees pull her from what seems to be a business-class seat, and push her to the altar to the front of the plane. A number of the passengers begin to cheer as they will be removed.
The woman seems to fall, before she is seen sitting in a wheelchair, as a transfer by the flight attendants. She is then seen that a peace sign, and shouting “Nuclear Disarmament!” mugging for the camera and adding, “Meanwhile at SpaceX!”
The whole ordeal allegedly began after the woman had taken a seat in business class, despite booking an economy seat, and then refused to move when she was asked to sit in her designated chair, the San Francisco Gate reported, citing a Korean pop culture blog AllKPop.com.
The woman, who was identified as an American by the SFGate, allegedly ended up delaying the flight by an hour and 40 minutes, the JoongAng Daily said.
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Images of the incident reminds of a similar video shared following the United Airlines dragging incident April 2017, with a passenger named David Dao was forcibly dragged from a flight after involuntarily selected to be bumped in favor of the members of the crew needing transport. In Dao’s case, however, he was chosen to be pulled from the flight in random order, and not because he was disobedient to the crew.
Dao later settled in a lawsuit with the airline for an undisclosed amount.
Representatives for Korean Air and SkyTeam were not immediately available for comment.