A passenger on a delayed Delta Air Lines Minneapolis – Sacramento flight put down his carry on bag to throw something away at a nearby trash – and wound up accused of stealing his own bag when he returned. And it wasn’t until another passenger, a white woman, stepped in that police backed down.
When the flight finally began to board, the bag was technically unattended. Another passenger saw it and flagged it for a nearby police officer, presumably concerned that it might be terrorism (because, of course, we can’t count on TSA to catch things).
The officer asked passengers in the gate area whose bag it was. The owner claimed it, and that’s when things escalated. The white woman who saw everything go down spoke up, and that changed the tone of the conversation – but the officer still questioned the man and insisted on seeing his ID, even though nobody had so much as claimed that bag was stolen or belonged to anyone else.
He put his bag down to go throw something in the trash and was accused of stealing his own bag when he returned to it. It wasn’t until a white woman stepped in that the police believed him. pic.twitter.com/THPVySitHY
— chris evans (@notcapnamerica) June 9, 2023
The woman who spoke to police had her young daughter film the incident. Here she is narrating the story of what happened.
This is her update pic.twitter.com/DgvBz46EvI
— Daddiespamm (@type_of_time) June 9, 2023
Never leave your bag unattended, but the consequences for doing so are different depending on who you are. Anyone can make a mistake, but different people experience mistakes differently.