Delta Air Lines passenger booted for ‘screaming’ about a baby
A passenger was removed from a Delta Air Lines flight earlier this month for a loudly complaining about having to sit next to an 8-month-old baby.
A young Delta passenger who filmed with a fellow flyer is rude tirade against her and her baby says she now feels bad about the consequences of her video, which led to the suspension of a New York State government employee.
Marissa Rundell, 19, told Inc.com she never thought that her footage would be viewed almost 2 million times. She claims she just wanted to show her family what happened on board of her Feb. 6 flight from New York City to Syracuse, after a woman sitting in the aisle reportedly shouted Rundell and her 8-month-old son.
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“I feel bad for this lady. I don’t know her story, she does not know mine. It would have been a misunderstanding,” Rundell told Inc. “I was sharing [the video] for family members, and started to go crazy.”
Rundell originally shared a 45-second video clip of the incident on Facebook on Feb. 6. In it, a woman identified by the Spectrum News as Susan Peirez, a program director of the New York State Council of the Arts — can be heard telling a flight attendant that they work “the governor” before you have a complaint about is placed next to a “crying baby.” Peirez then threatened to have the flight attendant fired when she heard that she could not be moved to a new seat.
Rundell also told the UK Daily Mail that Peirez told her to “shut the f— up, and push the” just before the start of the recordings, after Rundell asked Peirez to watch her language around the baby.
Peirez also can be seen an attempt to apologize to the flight attendant, but was eventually booted after the employee accused Peirez of having only “screamed at [Rundell] and her baby.”
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Ronni Reich, a director of public information for the New York State Council for the Arts, later confirmed Spectrum News that Peirez placed on leave.
The woman was eventually removed from the aircraft on the flight attendant’s request. “You shouted a woman and her baby,” the flight attendant told her.
“State employees are and should be held to the highest standard both professionally and personally,” says Reich. “We were informed of this situation and have started an investigation.
Rundell, however, says that she is not her post video on Facebook with the intention Peirez suspended from her position.
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“I don’t [often] post, really everything,” Rundell told Inc. “This was a one-time thing and it happened … I was totally overwhelmed by everyone watching it. I had not even noticed that a lot of people could see what I had to post.”