Delta is now the latest airline to come under fire for their treatment of paying customers. The company is making headlines after kicking off a passenger for using the bathroom while waiting to take off. Literally.
Kima Hamilton was set to take a flight from Atlanta to Milwaukee on April 18 when the flight was delayed for nearly two hours. According to Hamilton, while the plane sat on the tarmac, he had an urge to use the restroom.
Initially, when he got up to use the restroom, a flight attendant said the plane would lose its place in the take-off lineup if he got out of his seat. So he agreed to hold it. But 30 minutes later, the plane was still taxiing, so Hamilton quickly got up. Then … things took a turn for the worse.
“The pilot came on and said, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, I’m sorry for the inconvenience but we have to return to the gate and remove a passenger,’” Hamilton told the Milwaukee’s Journal Sentinel. “It escalated to that point that fast.”
When he came back from the lavatory, he was told to get off the plane.
“I’m not really clear on why I’m being asked to leave this plane. I purchased this ticket, I had an emergency. I had to pee,” Hamilton can be heard saying in cell phone footage recorded by passenger Krista Rosolino. “I tried to hold it the first time and you said I absolutely couldn’t and I’m being kicked off the plane?” he added, before the crew member responded, “I need to talk to you outside.”
According to Hamilton, another Delta employee approached him and insisted he leave. When the 39-year-old Milwaukee-bound passenger finally agreed to get off the flight, the FBI greeted him at the gate.
Kima was then forced to purchase a Southwest flight to get home.
The story is making headlines this week following a whirlwind of controversial stories with airlines.
Earlier this month, United Airlines was blasted for aggressively pulling Dr. David Dao from his flight. And just several days ago, Simon, a 3-foot-long, 10-month-old Continental Giant rabbit on track to become the largest bunny ever, mysteriously died while on board a United flight from London to Chicago.
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