A United Airlines pilot took the Trump Derangement Syndrome to a whole new level on Saturday, Feb. 11.
The pilot, who showed up late to UA flight 455 set to depart for San Francisco from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, boarded the plane in street clothes instead of her United pilot uniform. Standing at the front of the cabin, she told the passengers on the intercom:
“Sorry I’m late. The reason I’m late is I’m going through a divorce. Look, I don’t care if you voted for Trump or Clinton, they’re both assholes…. I’ll stop and we’ll fly the airplane. Don’t worry, I’m going to let my co-pilot fly it. He’s a man. Okay?”
At this point, a passenger seated in front of her says something inaudible. The pilot laughs and says:
“Okay, if you don’t feel safe, get off the airplane, but otherwise we can go. Okay. This is all set up! Okay, come on up.”
A male passenger in a blue short-sleeves shirt gets up, removes his bag from the overhead compartment, and begins to leave. To another passenger in front of her, the pilot says:
“Alright. So I purposely offended you. Did I offend you? Okay, did I purposely offend you? I did! The answer’s yes.”
The pilot then instructs the flight attendants to check on doors to ready for take-off.
A passenger took this video:
According to The Sun, “The whole episode left some passengers weeping.”
The tall guy in the blue shirt who deplaned is Randy Reiss.
In a series of tweets (@undeadsinatra), Reiss said that nearly half the passengers followed his lead and deplaned. He said “That was scary as f*ck”, that the pilot “was crying. She apologized. I wished her well & said I hope she gets the help she needs,” and “I kid u not, her parting words: ‘We should be on show together. We should write a book.’ OMG.”.
Reiss posted a picture of police talking to the pilot after she was removed from the plane.
United Airlines spokesman Charlie Hobart confirmed that the pilot was removed and the crew was replaced before the plane continued on to San Francisco. He said: “We hold our employees to the highest standards and we removed that pilot from that flight. We brought in a new crew and they operated that flight. We removed her from the flight, (and) we’re going to discuss this matter with her. We were looking out for our customers to get them to where they needed to be.”
The flight departed Austin, Texas, approximately two hours late and passengers were given snacks and a meal voucher to compensate for the delay.
That pilot should be charged with committing an act of terrorism.