Delta Airlines made an example out of the unruly Donald Trump supporter who launched into a sexist tirade aboard one of their flights earlier this month.
The clip of the man declaring his excitement over Trump’s election victory, while simultaneously insulting Hillary Clinton supporters, went viral shortly after it was shared and met with an onslaught of backlash. In the video, the man is seen standing in the aisle of the Nov. 22 flight from Atlanta to Allentown, Pennsylvania while yelling, “We got some Hillary b****** on here? Come on baby! Trump! That’s what I’m talking about!”
While Delta initially faced much public criticism for allowing the man to remain on the flight following his rant, the company later apologized, admitting that he should have been removed prior to takeoff.
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“We are sorry to our customers who experienced this disruption,” the company said in a statement over the weekend. “We have followed up with the teams involved, and all agree that this customer should not have been allowed to continue on the flight.”
Customers aboard the flight will also be issued refunds, while Delta chief executive Ed Bastian told employees in an internal memo that the man in the video “will never again be allowed on a Delta plane,” according to The Washington Post.
“The heightened tension in our society means that now more than ever we must require civility on our planes and in our facilities,” Bastian wrote. “We must stay true to Delta’s core values and treat one another with dignity and respect. We also must remain committed more than ever to the safety of our customers and our crew members. We will not tolerate anything less.”
The disruption was one of dozens of politically charged incidents that have occurred across the country since the election.