A woman was kicked off a United Airlines flight after fat-shaming her fellow passengers in a viral video, prompting commendation for the airline’s response.
Kicked off a United Airlines Flight for Fat-Shaming
In a disturbing incident that gained widespread attention, a viral video captured a woman being kicked off a United Airlines flight for fat-shaming her fellow passengers.
She Was Sitting in the Middle Seat
The video, taken on January 2 during a flight from Las Vegas to Newark, shows a blond woman sitting in the middle seat, loudly complaining on her cell phone about the two passengers seated on either side of her, who she deemed overweight.
She Says They Were ‘Squishing’ Her
With a lack of sensitivity and empathy, the woman expressed her frustration, stating that enduring the next four hours with her current seatmates was “impossible” as they were “squishing” her.
‘I Can’t Breathe I’m So Squished’
With an offensive tone, she said, “I can’t breathe. I’m so squished,” and even commented that their size might “keep her warm.”
A Nurse Was on Board
Norma Rodgers, a registered nurse from Plainfield, New Jersey, was one of the passengers subjected to the woman’s body-shaming comments.
She Responded to the Incident
Horrified by the woman’s behavior, Rodgers recorded the incident on her cellphone and later shared it on Facebook. The video quickly went viral, amassing over 2 million views.
She Was in Shock
Expressing her shock and disbelief, Rodgers questioned why the woman thought it was acceptable to body shame fellow passengers.
She Was Making Personal Comments
She was deeply hurt by the derogatory remarks and felt the situation escalated when the woman started making personal comments about her weight, responding with, “I eat salad, OK?”
She Requested Another Seat
As the situation became more intolerable, Rodgers sought assistance from the flight attendants, requesting another seat to avoid further abuse from the offensive passenger.
In the video, she firmly stands up to the woman, calling her out for her behavior and insisting that she would not tolerate verbal abuse from her or anyone else.
Everyone Was Condemning Her
The flight attendants promptly attempted to find the woman an alternative seat while fellow passengers on the plane voiced their condemnation of her actions.
‘You Should Be Ashamed of Yourself’
Stunned by the woman’s callousness, one passenger chastised her, stating, “What you’re doing is so terrible. You should be ashamed of yourself.”
She Continued With Her Offensive Remarks
Instead of reflecting on her hurtful behavior, the woman continued her offensive remarks, taking her body shaming to a new low by suggesting that the flight attendants seat her between the two passengers she had insulted as if that would be a suitable punishment.
Another witness on the plane recounted his anger, describing how he was so incensed by the woman’s conduct that he began screaming at her, exclaiming, “You’re disgusting!”
United Airlines Staff Took Swift Action
Thankfully, United Airlines took swift action to address the distressing situation. The flight attendants promptly removed the woman from the flight, ensuring that other passengers were spared from any further distress.
Impressed With How it Was Handled
Norma Rodgers expressed her satisfaction with how United Airlines handled the incident, praising the flight attendants for their calm and professional demeanor and for preventing the situation from escalating further.
Body Shaming Has No Place
Acts of body shaming have no place in our society, and incidents like this should prompt discussions about fostering a more inclusive and compassionate environment for all travelers.
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