Liberal commentator Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, was delayed last night flying out of Los Angeles. He started taping the delay and commenting on it from the start. As the wait creeps on, passengers start to lose it and become belligerent with each other and with American Airlines personnel.
Since this is a 31 minute video I’m going to fast forward to some of the highlights. And note that the commentator — as well as other passengers — are using quite a bit of language that is very much ‘NSFW’.
7 minutes, 32 seconds:
16 minutes, 37 seconds:
Police were called to the gate.
At one point Uygur joins in yelling at staff ‘where’s the plane? where’s the plane?’
13 minutes, 7 seconds:
Eventually they’re brought another aircraft. Passengers are boarded. One passenger is refused transportation. Tensions are high, and Uygur compliments that American Airlines gate agent for how he handled the situation throughout, apologizing not just on behalf of the airline but also for himself.
22 minutes, 44 seconds:
Then he goes to board, as one of the last passengers onto the flight. And he’s told that he’s refused transportation as well, that the captain isn’t comfortable with him on the aircraft. And he loses it.
24 minutes, 18 seconds:
According to the YouTube upload of the video, the flight is AA219 from Los Angeles to Chicago but that flight was delayed only about an hour last night (and in fact arrived on time) and operated out of LAX gate 40, whereas this video was taken further into the terminal.
Cenk Uygur from The Young Turks had a ticket for a flight from Los Angeles LAX to Chicago ORD (flight 219) on April 9th 2016. The flight was cancelled/delayed for over 4 hours.
Since Uygur mentions Miami in the the video, and the late overnight Los Angeles – Miami flights operated from gates 47A and 48A and were each delayed about 4 hours last night, I believe it was actually from American Airlines flight AA204 which left from gate 48A, which is pictured in the video and departs around the time Uygur mentions at the end of the video.
American Airlines flight 1538 out of gate 47A was also delayed a similar amount of time enroute to Miami last night.
(HT: Rich D.)