I made a post earlier speculating about what might have happened on the United flight from Sao Paulo to Chicago that got diverted to Miami so that the purser could be kicked off! While I have no way of knowing whether or not this is true, check out post 33 of this airliners.net thread on the subject:
The Purser of flight 842 was female. The Captain of the flight wanted the general declaration so he could add his signature to it. The Purser was not in a position to grab another flight attendant right at that moment to monitor the area so the gen dec could be passed through the cockpit door. The situation escalated.
The Captain made the decision to divert to MIA to have the Purser removed from flight for undermining his Captain’s Authority. The First Officers on flight 842 advocated for MCO, since MIA is no longer served by UA Mainline. The Captain chose to divert to MIA anyway.
The Purser was removed from the flight upon arrival at MIA and sent to a layover hotel, followed by a deadhead back to ORD after required crew rest.
The ORD-GRU-ORD trip was the Captain’s first trip back to the line after extended sick leave. The Captain has been removed from the remainder of his flying schedule. The Purser who was removed, has NOT been removed from the remainder of her flying schedule.
Draw your own conclusions…
That seems a bit simplistic, as in there’s probably more to the story, but it seems (somewhat) plausible. Ultimately any captain that needs to divert a flight to drop off one of their colleagues is a nut, in my book, with very few exceptions. I can’t imagine one of the working flight attendants, a purser qualified flight attendant no less, truly posing a threat to a flight.