Earlier I shared the story of a United captain who showed up to work an Austin to San Francisco flight, clearly not in a state to fly. She was wearing flip flops and jeans, which should have been the first clue. She then stood in front of the cabin and made a PA about how she’s going through a messy divorce, how both Hillary and Donald suck, made a comment about the interracial couple in first class, said that the co-pilot would fly since “he’s a man,” etc.
Obviously she’s in a very bad place, and I hope she gets the help she needs.
There’s something I didn’t notice the first time around, though, that makes this situation even worse. Earlier I hadn’t seen a video of what she had said, though some videos are emerging now. Here’s a video of the very tail end of what she said:
When I first read about the story, I figured that she showed up for the flight late, and hopefully one of her colleagues was at least skeptical of her behavior and working on reporting her and getting her removed from the plane.
Nope, the aircraft door was closed and doors were armed when passengers started requesting to get off the plane. In the video you can see a guy get up, and then the flight attendant announces “flight attendants, disarm doors.”
Airline crews are often quick to throw passengers off flights for relatively minor things. What is it with the sheep mentality some crews have when it comes to reporting their own, when they clearly need help?
I assume the crew had an overnight in Austin. According to reports, the captain showed up late and was wearing what you see above:
- How on earth did the gate agent allow her to board the flight dressed like that, clearly in violation of the uniform policy?
- How did the flight attendants and co-pilot not notice how she was acting, how she was dressed, etc.?
The fact that the door on this plane closed with a captain unfit to fly is a huge failure on the part of the crew. Clearly the captain wasn’t in a mental position where she could decide for herself whether she was fit to fly or not, and it’s sad that her crew failed her and the passengers in such a way.
Thank goodness the passengers didn’t have the same sheep mentality that the crew did, or else this could have potentially ended a lot worse…