A Delta flight attendant has been filmed throwing four passengers off a flight for giving her 'attitude' when she asked one of them, an African-American female DJ named Robyn Rogers, to turn their phones to airplane mode just before take-off on June 23 at Fort Wayne airport in Indiana.
Ms. Rogers, who has put videos of the incident online, claims that the flight attended bowed down to her ‘menacingly’ after asking she put her phone into ‘flight mode.’
At this point, another passenger starts filming from the row behind them.
The unnamed Delta flight attendant states: “I know what I heard. I am not going to argue with you.”
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/Delta?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Delta</a> you need to fire your power tripping, racist flight attendant who harrassed my friend and then removed her and 4 others off the plane simply for standing up for her. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/bewareofdeltaflight4527?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#bewareofdeltaflight4527</a> I was going to get an <a href="https://twitter.com/AmericanExpress?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AmericanExpress</a> card too because i like flying delta but…</p>— 81Neutronz (@nickneutronz) <a href="https://twitter.com/nickneutronz/status/1012141916341854210?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 28, 2018</a></blockquote>
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“There's no need for arguing. Crew instructions means crew instructions.”
Ms Rogers states she did switch the phone to the right setting, to which the Delta employee replies: “Now you have. Is it in airplane mode?”
<blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bki5f8iHQkA/" data-instgrm-version="8" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding:8px;"> <div style=" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:50% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;"> <div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAABGdBTUEAALGPC/xhBQAAAAFzUkdCAK7OHOkAAAAMUExURczMzPf399fX1+bm5mzY9AMAAADiSURBVDjLvZXbEsMgCES5/P8/t9FuRVCRmU73JWlzosgSIIZURCjo/ad+EQJJB4Hv8BFt+IDpQoCx1wjOSBFhh2XssxEIYn3ulI/6MNReE07UIWJEv8UEOWDS88LY97kqyTliJKKtuYBbruAyVh5wOHiXmpi5we58Ek028czwyuQdLKPG1Bkb4NnM+VeAnfHqn1k4+GPT6uGQcvu2h2OVuIf/gWUFyy8OWEpdyZSa3aVCqpVoVvzZZ2VTnn2wU8qzVjDDetO90GSy9mVLqtgYSy231MxrY6I2gGqjrTY0L8fxCxfCBbhWrsYYAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;"></div></div> <p style=" margin:8px 0 0 0; padding:0 4px;"> <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bki5f8iHQkA/" style=" color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_blank">Apologies y’all this is a LONG post but I have to share this. First, I want to acknowledge because I am painfully aware of the serious and profoundly heartbreaking injustices/events happening in our world and communities,I have grappled with sharing my experience. It seems small in the face of those things. But the micro is important and little things that go unchecked spiral. So I was on a flight leaving Fort Wayne, Indiana this past Saturday June 23rd after doing a DJ workshop for #gearfest @sweetwater for @serato when I was unfairly ejected from @delta flight 4527. Just before take off the flight attendant rudely told me to put my phone on airplane mode.As I was swiping to it the attendant menacingly stood over me with her arms folded waiting for me to do it. I told her “I know how to turn on airplane mode, you don’t have to stand over me” She became agitated and said “If you’re gonna act like that we can go back to the gate and you can get off” I held up my phone to show her that airplane mode was on. She stormed to the front then came back to my seat and said we were going back to the gate. She then accused me of not turning on airplane mode after being “told to do so several times”. She only asked me once. I then asked her “What can we do to rectify this so that we can all go?” She said “You can comply” and I repeated that I had and she argued I did not. At that point the passenger sitting behind me @ryanmillerphotos told her that I had complied and he witnessed me doing so. She then threatened to kick him off of the flight as well. A Latina woman two rows ahead politely asked the flight attendant to sit down so that we could fly and the attendant snapped at her. We returned to the gate an officer boarded the plane and the flight attendant directed him to take me, the Latina woman @ryanmillerphotos off of the flight then the entire plane had to deboard. Subsequently 4 adults and a little boy were ejected permanently from the flight and stranded in Indiana with no place to stay as @delta refused to put any of us,including the man with the child,in a hotel. That was the last flight out. Elena, the Latina woman who was also ejected was rushing</a></p> <p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;">A post shared by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/djreborn/" style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px;" target="_blank"> dj reborn</a> (@djreborn) on <time style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2018-06-27T22:43:03+00:00">Jun 27, 2018 at 3:43pm PDT</time></p></div></blockquote> <script async defer src="//www.instagram.com/embed.js"></script>
The whole ordeal means another embarrassing social media backlash for Delta airlines as Ms. Rogers claims the incident was racially charged: “I want to acknowledge because I am painfully aware of the serious and profoundly heartbreaking injustices/events happening in our world and communities,I have grappled with sharing my experience.”
“It seems small in the face of those things. But the micro is important and little things that go unchecked spiral.”
We’ve all been there of course. You board a flight, listen to the safety instructions and the person next to you is refusing to put their phone or tablet in ‘flight mode’ as you’re taking off.
Although I have also been told many times by ‘people from the industry’ that it doesn’t matter and this doesn’t influence the plane’s functioning, the back of your mind is still worried about anything that might happen. What do you think?