USA pilot threatens to land plane of unruly pro-Trump passengers


The pilot of an American Airlines flight from Washington DC to Phoenix threatened pro-Trump passengers with being kicked off if they did not "behave".

Sara Nelson, the head of the flight attendants' union said that the "mob mentality behavior" of those who traveled to the Capitol this week puts airline workers and passengers at risk.

American made a decision to stop offering alcohol in first class Thursday on flights in the D.C. region.

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) International, a union that represents almost 50,000 flight attendants at 17 airlines, released a statement saying the rioters should not be allowed on flights.

Nelson did not detail how participants in the violent scenes at the Capitol should be identified but said that airlines should co-ordinate with agencies including the Transportation Security Administration, the Department for Homeland Security, and Federal Aviation Administration to guarantee the safety of passengers and crew members.

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Sara Nelson, worldwide president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, said: 'The mob mentality behavior that took place on several flights to the D.C. area yesterday was unacceptable and threatened the safety and security of every single person onboard'.

In her statement, Nelson stressed that acts against American democracy such as these "must disqualify these individuals from the freedom of flight".

Delta said in a memo to employees that it urged crews with layovers in Washington to remain in their hotels and would increase security at National, Dulles and Baltimore-Washington International Marshall airports in ways "both seen and unseen". The day prior, cabin crew allegedly struggled to gain control as profane insults flew between supporters of the president and other passengers during a flight from Texas to the nation's capital. In the statement, they linked to a video that showed issues arising on an American Airlines flight from Dallas to DC. It will not happen again.

United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines said they were working closely with law enforcement agencies to keep people safe and would continue enforcing strict mask policies on flights.

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