The man who caused 252 United Airlines passengers to get stuck in Auckland for a day after his racist, homophobic rant on United’s New Year’s Day flight UA870 from Sydney to San Francisco led to a diversion will not face charges.
Here’s the man talking into his phone upon landing in Auckland, “Tell my dad to get his law firm ready because United Airlines just diverted the […] plane because I complained to some fat […] who got in my […] face.” (F expletives deleted.)
Apparently he was sitting between two passengers of South Asian descent and he… didn’t like that.
[T]he man became incensed that the two passengers on either side of him began talking over him. According to one passenger seated a few rows away, “The rant progressed from cursing Indians to Asians to Muslims to non-whites in general and calling flight crew faggots and fatasses. He was subdued after the pilot announced the diversion to Auckland.”
…”If you guys treat people right on these things, you see two last names the same don’t put someone else in the middle of them.”
The man was belligerent, it seems from about 40 minutes into the flight and it continued for hours while he “scribbl[ed] in a dog-eared copy of Catcher in the Rye.”
Here’s the man calling a flight attendant a ‘fat ass’ and declaring that it would be really cool for the plane to divert.
The pilot decided to divert more than four hours into the flight over an hour North of Auckland.
The flight diverted when it was near Tonga and reportedly had been denied permission to divert to American Samoa or Fiji.
Here’s the man being removed from the aircraft once it did.
Whether he was dealing with personal issues, drugs or alcohol, or being a jerk it clearly wasn’t the fault of United Airlines or fellow passengers. It’s a hard case that he shouldn’t somehow bear whatever responsibility that he can for the incident in my opinion.