Robert Sayegh, Delta Passenger, Kicked Off Plane For Using F-Word
Posted Jun 14th 2011 09:30 AMUpdated Jun 14th 2011 11:33 AM
The 37-year old Brooklyn man was en route from a cousin's wedding in Kansas City when he was taken off Atlantic Southwest Airlines Flight 5136 after complaining to a fellow passenger about a 45-minute delay.
When reached at home, Sayegh told the Free Press: "I was just kind of talking to the guy sitting next to me. I said 'What is taking so long?' I said "What the 'F' is going on?' I could see if I directed it at (the flight attendant), but I didn't even speak to him."
The flight, which was taxiing on the runway, turned around at Detroit Metro Airport and police boarded the flight to escort Sayegh off. "I couldn't even believe when they pulled up and the cops got on," Sayegh told the paper.
Sayegh claims he's sensitive to airline rules after his cousin died in 9/11, saying to the paper, "if anyone stood up on a plane, I would crush them."
Sayegh admits he was hungover on the flight, and denies that the F-word was directed at anyone. "I don't want to come off like I curse all the time. We use curse words just like adjectives. But the thing is, I never said it out loud towards him. He just happened to be right behind me," Sayegh says of the flight attendant.
"I wouldn't even start this type of thing unless I felt it deserved it," Sayegh said of calling local media while in Detroit waiting for his next flight."This is really, really ridiculous. This guy should not have a job in terms of dealing with people. It's ridiculous." Sayegh claims to be talking to his brother, a lawyer, about taking legal action.
An Atlantic Southwest Airlines spokeswoman told the Detroit Free Press that the airline is looking into the incident, adding "We apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused."
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