Another United Airlines passenger was removed from an aircraft, though this time the passenger wasn’t dragged off unlike last month’s incident where a United Airlines Passenger Was Dragged Off a Plane Due To Oversell.
The passenger, a Trump supporter wearing a Make America Great Again hat, claims he didn’t receive an upgrade to United Polaris Business Class on the Boeing 777-200 from Shanghai to Newark and so should be entitled to an entire row in coach despite the seats being occupied.
Per Fox News,
A United Airlines passenger wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat delayed his flight by several hours while yelling insults at others on board and refusing to sit in his assigned seat.
United Flight 87 was scheduled to depart from Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport in China for Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey on Sunday evening, but upon boarding the aircraft, an unidentified man in a red MAGA cap allegedly sat in someone else’s seat and refused to move, reports NBC Bay Area.
A source for NBC New York added that the man had initially asked to be upgraded to first class, but when the crew couldn’t accommodate his request, he sat down in some empty seats near the rear of the plane and refused to allow any other passengers to sit in his row.
This guy has been delaying my wife’s Shanghai to EWR United flt this a.m.. He wants to be dragged off so he can get his 25 million. MAGA hat pic.twitter.com/xWRSmpinpM
— Daniel O’Connell (@DanOfromNYC) May 21, 2017
While no dragging occurred, the flight did take a several hour delay and had to stop in San Francisco on the way to get a new crew as the crew would of gone illegal for an excessive duty day.
It’s not clear as to why this passenger should/didn’t get upgraded if he was wait listed with a Global Premier Upgrade and didn’t clear or just thought he should receive a complimentary one.
Hat Tip: Point Me to the Plane