A Florida TV station reports that three women, unknown to each other, were all kicked off the same AirTran flight Monday afternoon at the Palm Beach airport just before take-off to White Plains. In each case, the women reportedly did something to “anger” a flight attendant which led to their ouster.
Why AirTran Ejected the Three Women
Here is what each of the three women did, according to WPTV:
- Woman #1: She cautioned a flight attendant who was moving bags around in the overhead bin to be careful since she had “breakables” in her bag.
- Woman #2: She told a flight attendant her seat was broken.
- Woman #3: She protested the removal of Woman #1 and Woman #2.
All three women said they’d done nothing wrong, and blamed it on one male flight attendant. Said one of the plane’s ejectees, “I’ve never seen anything like!”
Airline’s Explanation for Throwing Women Off Plane
A statement released by Southwest, which acquired AirTran last year, seemed to back up the crew member, but at the same time, acknowledged that it “compensated” the passengers for their inconvenience:
“Our crew assessed the environment onboard and ultimately decided to accommodate the passengers on an alternative flight. In addition to booking new travel arrangements, we compensated the passengers – offering a gesture of goodwill for their inconvenience. We always prefer that a passenger walk away with a positive experience when flying our airline, we regret that didn?t happen in this scenario.” -Southwest spokesperson
Perhaps the women will find their professional callings useful in dealing with this incident. One is a therapist. Another is a retired travel agent. The third is a lawyer.