Peter Uzelac says a man was kicked off a Southwest Airline by a female flight attendant for making a vodka joke while the plane as delayed for hours in Sacrament, California before taking off to Austin Texas on May 8.
Uzelac told KTXL that the flight attendants had started to pass out water to all the passengers, when the passenger told his vodka joke:
He said something [like], “They should be passing out vodka because we’ve been waiting so long.” [The female flight attendant] came by and was like, “I don’t think that and I didn’t like your joke,” he explained. Then my wife tried to butt-in there and say, “Look it, we’ve been on this plane for hours.” And she says, “Well, so have I, so get used to it.”
Uzelac said the plane turned back to the gate again and several Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies came on board to escort the man off the plane:
And people started yelling then. In fact, people stood up. I stood up. People were saying this man didn’t do anything.
The man was not charged with a crime, and Southwest Airlines offered one of its typical non-apology apologies:
We regret any less-than-positive experience a customer has onboard our aircraft. We welcome over 100 million customers each year, and we aim to maintain the comfort of all while delivering Southwest hospitality. We will share this report with our Customer Relations Team.