A Southwest Airlines passenger has been recorded in midair screaming and swearing at the parents of a child that would not stop crying.
The epic tantrum – thrown by the grown man, not the toddler – left other passengers in hysterics as he screamed and claimed the baby was crying nonstop for 45 minutes before the plane landed in Orlando, Florida.
The ordeal unfolded when their flight was forced into a holding pattern around the area outside Palm Beach due to a bad weather front.
Clearly frustrated by the wailing infant, the man started his raucous rant about how he paid a ticket to have a comfortable flight, but those plans were derailed by the baby’s screams.
The video, which has already amassed 167,000 views, was uploaded to TikTok yesterday, on the day that Southwest Airlines grounded their entire nationwide fleet, causing 2,000 journeys to be delayed.
The furious passenger was later seen inside the airport being escorted away by police, after refusing to disembark the aircraft following his row.
It is unknown if Orlando was the plane’s final destination or if it landed to boot the unruly passenger off.
The Southwest Airlines passenger (right) had a screaming fit because a child wouldn’t stop crying as the woman, sitting next to him, tried to calm him down with little success
The passenger was approached by authorities, including police, when they finally arrived at Orlando Airport after reportedly refusing to get off the flight according to witnesses
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During his foul tirade, directed at the parents of the shrieking child and flight staff, the rowdy passenger said: ‘There is a child crying on the flight, non-f***ing-stop.
‘Calm the child down, please. I’m not screaming. Do you want me to scream? I’ll f***ing scream.
‘We are in a f***ing tin can with a baby in a goddamn echo chamber and you wanna talk to me about being f***ing ok?’
The Southwest worker, trying to calm the situation, said to him: ‘Ok, because you’re yelling…’
But he was quickly cut off with the man shouting back: ‘So is the baby!’
When the air steward tried to rebut and say that it is different because he is in fact a grown adult, the shouting customer yelled: ‘Did that motherf***er pay extra to yell?
‘F**k you and shut up.’
When the staff member asked him to lower his voice, he shouted back: ‘Can you lower THAT voice?’ in reference to the child’s howling.
As the woman sitting next to him quickly tried to calm him down, the angry passenger was heard saying: ‘I don’t give a f**k.
‘F**k, lower that baby’s voice. I’m triggered, f**k that baby.’
Multiple members of the airline’s staff also tried to reason with the screaming passenger – to no avail. In the video, he said that he was asleep with his headphones in, but was still disturbed by the child.
Throughout the clip, the child’s wailing could be heard in the background.
Some passengers were left laughing at the man – who did not stop screaming about the wailing infant
Other passengers were left speechless after the tirade – which ended up causing more disruption than the crying baby
After the air steward seemingly tried to reprimand him for his expletive-ridden attack, he added: ‘I know an attorney just like you motherf****r, I got rights.’
‘If I hadn’t have said anything, we would be sitting on this motherf*****g flight with a kid crying for 45 minutes. Bulls**t.’
The airborne saga did not end there with witnesses saying said the rowdy passenger refused to get off of the plane in Orlando – forcing the entire flight to be deplaned.
The passenger was later seen in the terminal surrounded by authorities – including police officers – as he pleaded his case and claimed that his actions were justified because he shouldn’t have been disturbed.
He was then marched through the airport by police officers.
Orlando Police refused to comment and it is unclear if faces any charges or action from the airline.
Southwest Airlines told Today.com in a statement: ‘We do not have details on this flight to share but commend our flight crew for their professionalism and offer our apologies to the other customers onboard.’
The ordeal left social media users in hysterics – with one commenting: ‘Have we tried swaddling this man? He needs some soothing techniques.’
A second person added: ‘Difficult situation all around, but that guy is so hilarious. Like every line was a masterpiece.’
Another said: ‘Ya know…as someone who doesn’t have kids…I get it,’ as a fourth added: ‘I feel his pain.’
A fifth said: ‘I get his frustration but umm, it’s a child. He made it worse. When he said did the baby pay extra I hollered.’
Other people were more sympathetic towards the mother of the child, writing: ‘I just know the mom is traumatized to fly again.’
Another social media user said: ‘Everyone on the plane was thinking it, but he was the one to say it and he said it badly.’
Airline staff (pictured) tried to reason with the screaming passenger – to no avail
The incident comes days after Toronto Blue Jays star Anthony Bass added fuel to the fiery debate about airplane etiquette after tweeting about his recent flight saga.
The 35-year-old, who is from Michigan but plays for the MLB team in Canada, posted a Twitter photo on Sunday of his two toddler daughters on a flight playing on electronic devices with popcorn strewn all over the floor.
In the accompanying caption, the sportsman – whose spouse was traveling alone – explained that the flight attendant on the trip had ‘made’ his wife clean up their kids’ food mess, while voicing outrage over the situation.
‘The flight attendant @united just made my 22 week pregnant wife traveling with a five year old and two year old get on her hands and knees to pick up the popcorn mess by my youngest daughter,’ he tweeted, before adding: ‘Are you kidding me?!?!’
While Bass expressed his outrage over the situation, many Twitter users called him out and said that it is the responsibility of any parent to clean up the floor, not the cabin crew’s.
One commenter and a fellow father wrote: ‘I have three kids, just flew coach 12 hours, and was able to clean up after them – for every mess. It’s called parenting.
The 35-year-old from Michigan posted a photo on Sunday of his two toddler daughters on a flight playing on electronic devices with popcorn strewn all over the floor
Plus size influencer Jaelynn Chaney said that the Federal Aviation Authority and airlines ought to give overweight flyers as many free seats as they require to fly comfortably
‘Do you expect park janitors to clean up after your pet? No; Your child, your responsibility.
‘The argument I am making is about expectations and entitlements. Flight crew aren’t our slaves; they will help if asked, not assumed.’
Another critic of Bass wrote: ‘A good parent would have taught their kids to pick it up and be respectful to others.’
The plane etiquette debate was also riled up after a solo traveler became embroiled in a row with a father for making his young daughter cry.
Taking to the discussion forum Reddit, the 22-year-old woman said she’d reserved a window seat for her nine-hour long international flight.
Once she boarded the plane and reached the correct aisle, she saw a young child was in her space and her father was in the middle seat.
The man stared at her and said ‘she’s a child’ before pointing at the aisle seat, implying the young woman should sit there instead but she insisted on taking her pre-booked space, which sent the little girl into floods of tears.
Commenters were widely supportive of the young woman, who herself was feeling upset about leaving her family behind.
And earlier this month, plus size influencer Jaelynn Chaney said that the Federal Aviation Authority and airlines ought to give overweight flyers as many free seats as they require to fly comfortably.
She also wants airlines to be forced to refund overweight passengers for any extra seats they’re forced to purchase when booking to accommodate their size.
‘As plus-size travelers, my partner and I have unfortunately experienced discrimination and discomfort while flying,’ she wrote in her petition, which has been signed by around 6,800 people as of Wednesday morning.
She added: ‘All plus-size passengers should be provided with an extra free seat, or even two or three seats depending on their size, to accommodate their needs and ensure their comfort during the flight.’
Chaney admits that price tickets would have to rise if she were to get her way, and concedes non-overweight passengers could be faced with higher ticket prices to help cover improvements.
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- Sit with your feet down and arms in front of you
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- Request a special meal as soon as you board if you haven’t pre-ordered
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- Use as little force as possible with the touchscreen TVs
- DON’T stand up as soon as the plane lands
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