An unruly passenger in a “Make America Great Again” hat caused a scene aboard a United Airlines flight from Shanghai over the weekend, causing the plane to be delayed for several hours.
According to NBC Bay Area, the unidentified passenger tried to take another passenger’s seat while boarding the flight at Shanghai Pudong International Airport, and then refused to budge.
Over time, the elderly Trump supporter became more and more disruptive, forcing passengers to exit the aircraft while police officers entered. Eventually, the man was escorted out of the plane — “on his own accord” — as angry passengers sernanaded him with calls of “Lock him up!”
Because of the delay, the lengthy flight from Shanghai to Newark was forced to stopover in San Francisco to take on a new flight crew before finally arriving in New Jersey at 2:22 a.m. on Monday morning, more than eight hours later than scheduled.
The exact nature of the dispute remains unknown. In a compilation of clips shared by the Washington Post, one female passenger (on crutches) tells the man, “You’re a selfish person,” while another man says: “Look how many people look at you. No good!” In a later clip, the man is seen stating his case: “I am entitled to that seat! You people shut up!” In another clip, a fellow passenger can be heard telling the man: “You don’t have manners! You are rude!”
One American passenger who was onboard the flight and witnessed the incident told That’s “it sounded like he wanted the seats next to him to be empty, even though he didn’t purchase those seats… He was asking that he get all sorts of benefits like access to the [club lounge].”
Gothamist cites one passenger’s Facebook page which provides more lurid details:
He insists that, because he couldn’t get an upgrade, he’s entitled to all three seats next to him even though they’re assigned to somebody else.
Captain, crew, and airport staff come over. Man threatens that they’ll have to drag him off the plane. He finally relents, but not before berating some female passengers and crew, calling one passenger “Hillary” (lol) and “lesbian.”
Strangely Chinese media has been silent on this incident and at this time it’s not clear what became of the man in the MAGA hat.
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