Tensions are running high following Tuesday’s presidential election. Since Tuesday I haven’t gone anywhere without overhearing people talking about the election, and without a generally somber mood (well, I’ve been in California for much of the week, which might explain why).
Well, it looks like even airplanes aren’t exempt from political talk, and it’s almost becoming problematic. United flight 1212 from San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta yesterday apparently had an issue where two passengers got into a heated political exchange.
Here’s how the YouTube video is described:
On my friend’s @wirelessness flight from SFO to Mexico, some kinda scuffle broke out where an individual with a “plaid shirt and a camo cap” said something racist (about being “glad to have kept his guns”) to an African American lady, and she began to cry and freak out. They separated the two of them, and then the Captain of the flight got on the PA and made this announcement.
In the video you can hear the captain telling people to basically keep politics off his plane. Here’s his full announcement, along with the cheers that followed:
While there’s perhaps a slight bit of grandstanding in the announcement, perhaps that’s what it took to make the point to passengers.
Of course everyone is free to talk about what they’d like to talk about, but it becomes a problem when it potentially causes a disruption to the flight. It’s similar to how drinking on a plane is fine, until it becomes disruptive.
What do you make of how the captain handled this situation?
(Tip of the hat to View from the Wing)