Last week a passenger in a Burger King crown got booted off a JetBlue flight to New York JFK – and banned from the airline – after a racist rant prior to departure from Kingston, Jamaica. It all began when there wasn’t overhead bin space available for him to use.
The man tried to get up in the air again to head back to the States. This time he attempted to fly American Airlines. Even though American’s new coach product features seats with less padding, less leg room, and no seat back TVs they have bigger overhead bins that can accommodate a bag from each customer. You’d think that might prevent things from deteriorating. But, no… And yes he’s still wearing that crown.
He was kicked off his American flight after using a taboo epithet commonly used to refer to African Americans. His defenses,
- He was talking to himself rather than directing it at the black passengers around him
- “It’s called freedom of speech” but that only restricts government limitations on speech (and there are exceptions, such as for ‘fighting words’ though it’s unlikely this would qualify)
He then insists that surrounding passengers not “swing your Covid all over me.”
The man was banned from JetBlue trying to leave Jamaica. He got kicked off an American flight on his next attempt to depart Jamaica. There aren’t that many airlines left. At some point could he have no options left but to swim?