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United Airlines is having a rough summer. Its Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) hub has been a mess (plagued by bad weather) and several of its flights have had to divert recently over passengers and crew behaving badly. A passenger headed to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) caused one when he couldn’t get his meal choice in Polaris® (more here) and a captain showed up intoxicated at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), which made the flight cancel (more here).
This past Wednesday, United Airlines flight UA1813 from Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) was forced to divert to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) when a woman onboard apparently freaked out over not being able to drink her own wine that she brought with her. She argues with passengers and a flight attendant before the plane is forced to land and she is led off in handcuffs.
Yesterday was insanity. Had our entire flight landed so she could get arrested because she couldnt get wine on the flight lmao
TikTok user @bperkins33 posted several videos of the incident. She argues with the flight attendant in the video above. He warns her that they’re going to divert and that she’ll be arrested, but she doesn’t seem fazed.
Another frustrated passenger screams at her to sit down. This doesn’t work either.
The Daily Dot reported that there aren’t too many other details of everything that happened in flight. The flight attendant apparently showed her some kindness and gave her a hug during boarding to ease her anxiety, but this didn’t last long as she later raged and caused the diversion.
United Airlines sent a statement to The Daily Dot. It reads:
On Tuesday, July 25, United flight 1813 diverted to Phoenix due to a disruptive passenger who continually refused to follow the flight attendant’s instructions to return to her seat. Law enforcement officials met the aircraft on arrival and removed the passenger, and the flight subsequently departed for Los Angeles later that evening. The customer has been banned from future United flights while we review this matter.”
We’ll have to wait to see if any other videos or accounts surface, but this is just another example of an entitled (possibly intoxicated) passenger behaving badly.
Anthony’s Take: It’s been a rough travel summer and the extreme heat seems to be getting to everyone. We’ll see how many more passengers (and crew) misbehave as the throngs of passengers continue to chase their summer vacations.
(H/T: View from the Wing.)
(Featured Image Credit: Blake Perkins via TikTok.)
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