Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford was removed from an American Airlines flight yesterday over a dispute involving the size of his carry on bag.
He has since deleted this tweet:
Here’s what we know based on the football player’s account.
- He was seated in an emergency exit row. A flight attendant told him his bag was oversized. Presumably it was protruding out from beneath the seat in front of him.
- He didn’t want to check his bag because it’s ‘expensive’ but he eventually relented.
- In the meantime he called the flight attendant “a bum” and “refused to move out of the flight attendant’s way for what he called ‘a minute.'”
- After obstructing a flight attendant and giving them a hard time over his oversized bag which may have been in the way of egress in the exit row, he was ejected from the aircraft.
Passengers reportedly booed the ejection.
I haven’t seen coverage noting the specific flight he was on, though news accounts indicate he was headed to Windsor, Ontario. My guess is he was flying Dallas – Detroit. Crawford indicated he was placed on the next flight.
While I wasn’t onboard, if a 6’4″ 285 pound defensive tackle is admitting obstructing the path of a flight attendant while giving them lip over a safety request, I’d err on the side of the flight attendant. Though a Cowboys player two years into a five year $45 million contract with $25.7 million guaranteed flying coach is notable in its own right.
Crawford makes clear that despite the incident he still loves American Airlines.
And the DFW-based airline doesn’t want to be on the wrong side of a Cowboys player, either.
(HT: Live and Let’s Fly)