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Pilot Shuts Down Passengers in Election-Related Fight Over Intercom: ‘There’s Another Flight Tomorrow’

On a recent flight from San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, a Pilot had to stop a fight from breaking out over the recent election via intercom. According to this YouTube video’s description, the fight began when a man in a “‘plaid shirt and a camo cap’ said something racist (about being ‘glad to have kept his gun’) to an African American lady, and she began to cry and freak out. They separated the two of them, and then the Captain of the flight got on the PA and made this announcement.”

The pilot got on the intercom system and said:

I understand everybody has their opinions. That’s fine. If you support him, great. If you don’t, I understand. However, we’re out here to go to Puerto Vallarta, supposed to be having a good time, and what I do ask is that as people we have the common decency to respect each others’ decisions and to get along on this three hour and 13 minute flight so that we can have a good time when we get down there. Nobody wants to argue, nobody’s gonna change their minds by arguing. And let’s keep our opinions to ourselves on this particular matter at this particular time.

Then, he made it clear he was serious by letting his passengers know, “If anybody has a problem with this, that needs to vent or rant or rave, there’s another flight tomorrow. They’re not going to be on this one. I hope that’s clear”

The passengers clapped, and according to a statement given to CBS by United Airlines, the rest of the flight went off “without any further reports of disturbance.”

[H/T Mashable]

[image via Wikimedia Commons/xlibber]

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