Show of hands: Who hasn’t sat through a flight delay without hurling a few F-bombs? (Me, neither!)
Robert Sayegh of Brooklyn, N.Y., did just that, and was removed from his flight home at Detroit Metropolitan Airport [The Detroit News, which should be more careful in its headline writing]:
Robert Sayegh had a layover Sunday afternoon after attending a cousin’s wedding in Kansas City on Saturday. The 37-year-old TV producer and children’s book author said he and other passengers on Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 5136 to Newark, N.J., had been waiting at the gate for 45 minutes when he was overheard by a flight attendant telling a passenger next to him, “What’s taking so (expletive) long to close the overhead compartments?”
The plane eventually taxied to the runway, but soon returned, where airport police boarded the plane and Sayegh was escorted off.
“I’m like, ‘Are they throwing me off the plane?'” said Sayegh, who said he used the F-word twice. “This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever been through in my life. It’s embarrassing.”
Sayegh is considering suing the airlines for his “humiliation.” His embarrassment probably could have been contained to the dozens of anonymous people on his connector flight. If the incident was as low key as he claimed, most of them were probably unaware of it. But then he had to make a big deal about it, and now it’s in the press.