A United Airlines passenger wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat delayed his flight by a few hours, while the screaming of insults to others on board and refusing to sit in his assigned seat.
United Flight 87 was scheduled to depart from shanghai’s Pudong International Airport in shanghai, China to Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey on Sunday evening, but when boarding the aircraft, an unknown man in a red MAGA cap reportedly sat in someone else’s seat and refused to move, reports NBC Bay Area.
A source for NBC New York added that the man had initially asked to be upgraded to first class, but when the crew could not accommodate his request, he sat down in some empty seats near the back of the plane and refused to allow other passengers to sit in his row.
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In the images of the incident, which is now posted on the social media, the man can be seen yelling at other folders and even accuses an unknown man an “idiot” who “doesn’t know how to speak English.” (Warning: Footage contains mild profanity.)
This man is delaying my wife to Shanghai to EWR United flt this one.m.. He wants to be dragged, so that he can get his 25 million. MAGA hat pic.twitter.com/xWRSmpinpM
— Daniel O’connell (@DanOfromNYC) May 21, 2017
A fellow passenger, Clark Gredoña wrote on Facebook that the man had also “abused” some of the female passengers and crew, the call for a “Hillary” and accuse her of a lesbian.
As a result of the man is that the actions of all passengers on board the flight were forced to de-plane after the authorities came to talk to the man with the red hat.
The man left the airplane shortly thereafter, according to United. Gredoña added that the passengers were shouting “plug it up!”, as the man was escorted from the plane.
“While boarding United flight 87 from Shanghai to Newark, a customer who refused to comply with crew member instructions and became increasingly annoying when you are asked to deplane the aircraft, the” United told Fox News by e-mail. “For the safety and security, the local police was summoned to help the customer and ultimately the plane on his own motion.”
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But the drama doesn’t end there. As a result of the delay, the flight was forced to make an unscheduled stop in San Francisco to swap crews.
The flight finally arrived in Newark at 2:22 pm EST more than eight hours after it was scheduled to touch down Sunday evening.
In their statement, United thanked the passengers and crew for their patience during the ordeal.
“We are grateful for the patience shown by our customers who endured the disturbing behavior of this person, as well as the exceptional attitude and professionalism of our crew,” wrote the airline.