File this one under totally crazy stories — a Southwest passenger was apparently removed from a plane because of a Tweet he wrote, and wasn’t allowed back on the plane unless he deleted it.
Via CBS Minnesota:
He’s an “A-List” passenger, which means he gets priority boarding. But a gate agent wouldn’t let his 6-year-old and 9-year-old board with him — so they’d all have to wait to board later.“In leaving I said, you know, ‘Real nice way to treat an A-list. I’ll be sure to tweet about it,’” he said.
And that’s just what Watson did.
“Something to the effect of, ‘Wow, rudest agent in Denver. Kimberly S, gate C39, not happy @SWA,’” he said.
Soon after getting to their seats, the family of three was asked to leave the plane.
“[She said] her safety feels threatened at this point because of what I tweeted,” Watson said.
Here’s a CBS This Morning report on the incident:
If I’m not mistaken, on Southwest you can pre-board with children four or under, though other than that have to either board separately or with the highest group number of anyone in your party. So it does seem like this guy was looking for an exception in the first place, and the gate agent wasn’t wrong for denying him that (though if he’s being honest, her tone was way off and she could have benefited from doing the “Just Plane Fun” Shuffle).
That being said, how that can translate into being removed off a plane is beyond me. Assuming we’re getting most of the story here, this certainly isn’t the first time someone has been removed from a flight using the “safety” excuse. While I’m all for giving airline employees the latitude to make decisions that involve removing passengers over safety, there’s no doubt that his has been abused many times.
Yeah, the guy is totally lame for verbally threatening to Tweet about her, but removing him… really?!
What do you think? Are we getting the full story, and if so, is the gate agent in the wrong?