A woman was kicked off a United Airlines flight after fat-shaming her fellow passengers in a viral video, prompting commendation for the airline’s response.
A Disgusting Incident Quickly Went Viral
In a disturbing incident that gained widespread attention, a viral video captured a woman being kicked off a United Airlines flight for fat-shaming her fellow passengers.
The video, taken on January 2 during a flight from Las Vegas to Newark, shows a blond woman sitting in the middle seat, loudly complaining on her cellphone about the two passengers seated on either side of her, who she deemed overweight.
With a lack of sensitivity and empathy, the woman expressed her frustration, stating that enduring the next four hours with her current seatmates was “impossible” as they were “squishing” her.
In an offensive tone, she made remarks like “I can’t breathe, I’m so squished,” and even commented that their size might “keep her warm.”
Passengers Were Subjected To Body Shaming Comments
Norma Rodgers, a registered nurse from Plainfield, New Jersey, was one of the passengers subjected to the woman’s body shaming comments.
Horrified by the woman’s behavior, Rodgers recorded the incident on her cellphone and later shared it on Facebook. The video quickly went viral, amassing over 2 million views.
Expressing her shock and disbelief, Rodgers questioned why the woman thought it was acceptable to body shame fellow passengers.
She was deeply hurt by the derogatory remarks and felt the situation escalated when the woman started making personal comments about her weight, responding with, “I eat salad, OK?”
She Sought Assistance From the Flight Attendants
As the situation became more intolerable, Rodgers decided to seek assistance from the flight attendants, requesting another seat to avoid further abuse from the offensive passenger.
In the video, she firmly stands up to the woman, calling her out for her behavior and insisting that she would not tolerate verbal abuse from her or anyone else.
The flight attendants promptly attempted to find the woman an alternative seat, while fellow passengers on the plane voiced their condemnation for her actions.
Stunned by the woman’s callousness, one passenger chastised her, stating, “What you’re doing is so terrible. You should be ashamed of yourself.”
Who Promptly Removed the Abusive Woman From the Flight
Instead of reflecting on her hurtful behavior, the woman continued her offensive remarks, taking her body shaming to a new low by suggesting that the flight attendants seat her between the two passengers she had insulted as if that would be a suitable punishment.
Another witness on the plane recounted his anger, describing how he was so incensed by the woman’s conduct that he began screaming at her, exclaiming, “You’re disgusting!”
Thankfully, United Airlines took swift action to address the distressing situation. The flight attendants promptly removed the woman from the flight, ensuring that other passengers were spared from any further distress.
Body Shaming Has No Place in Society
Norma Rodgers expressed her satisfaction with how United Airlines handled the incident, praising the flight attendants for their calm and professional demeanor and for preventing the situation from escalating further.
Acts of body shaming have no place in our society, and incidents like this should prompt discussions about fostering a more inclusive and compassionate environment for all travelers.
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Source: Washington Post