Expression of freedom of speech or scary outburst? Delta Airlines recently took steps to ban a high-energy Trump supporter from ever flying with them again after an ‘incident’ took place on one of their flights. In video footage posted to YouTube, shortly before take off, a man who was obviously very excitable began to yell down the aisle of the crowded plane in an apparent exchange with someone, showing his support for president elect Donald Trump. A woman yelled back, “we can’t hear you,” which caused the passenger to raise his voice a little more. He went on a bit of a rant, verbally exclaiming that Trump was their president whether they liked it or not. The ordeal lasted about 40 seconds according to what we see on video, and at the end the man took his seat. Apparently he was allowed to stay on the flight as no Delta Airlines officials interceded.
Afterwards though, CEO of Delta, Ed Bastian put out an internal memo stating “He will never again be allowed on a Delta plane.” The decision came after the airline received criticism on social media for its initial response to the episode, which a passenger identified as Emma Baum videotaped and released online and to news organizations.
Here is the memo in full, shared with all Delta employees:
Since then the unidentified man has been lambasted by mainstream media outlets as disruptive, obnoxious, abusive, etc. Some of these might be fair labels – But one wonders if the same labels would be thrown at a Clinton supporter if they went on a rant about the racism, sexism, and xenophobia they interpret Trump’s campaign as being about. Would a Hamilton-style rant get the Clinton supporter banned from the airline for life or applauded for virtue signaling? I’m more inclined to believe the latter.