Have you ever enjoyed a flight so much you didn’t want to get off? Even my very first time on in Cathay Pacific first class over a decade ago I was ready to deplane. But Southwest Airlines?
It’s common for a Southwest flight to end and some passengers to stay on the plane. That’s because on ‘through flights’ passengers connecting on the plane’s next segment stay on board while everyone else gets off. Then a flight attendant counts the through passengers on the plane. They can get off to stretch their legs and reboard (with the same boarding pass as their first flight!) or stay where they’re at.
But it’s very unusual to see everyone getting off the plane, and a passenger just decide to stay. And it’s not even for the free peanuts, which Southwest eliminated a couple of years ago.
In a video that’s going viral on Twitter and elsewhere, a woman just sits there when it’s her row’s time to get off the plane. A flight attendant asks her if she’s going to get off… or just stay in place and have a freakout.
Another passenger is getting antsy, saying she needs to get off to use the bathroom. She wades through past the woman who is seated, that woman begins to screen. And it looks like the seated white woman even tries to reach for the standing black woman’s clothing.
The Southwest flight attendant then steps in with a scolding, which she takes her mask down for, and the passenger who wouldn’t get up finally does.
But why was she screaming like that pic.twitter.com/f9TIzF3YeH
— (@unknwns0ul) January 23, 2021
It’s the scream that makes this is a ‘public freakout’ in Reddit parlance. I have to think that the woman screaming has challenges of her own that she’s facing. She’s wearing a mask (and from the two straps it appears to be an N95).
These are stressful times as it is, and throw everyone together (who wouldn’t choose it under other circumstances) inside a metal time, shake or stir, and every so often things break down. Fortunately it doesn’t appear that this ended with law enforcement, because Spirit Airlines wasn’t involved. Social media has dubbed her a Karen.
(HT: C Boarding Group)