A passenger on the Delta airlines gets kicked off for using the bathroom while the plane waited in the queue to take off.
Kima Hamilton was flying from Atlanta’s airport to Milwaukee on April 18 when. After leaving the gate, the plane was on the tarmac for half an hour when Hamilton realized he needs to go to the bathroom.
After coming back from the bathroom, a Delta employee talked to Hamilton about leaving the plane. “I’m not really clear on why I’m being asked to leave this plane. I purchased this ticket,” Hamilton reacted. After a second employee approaching the passenger, Hamilton voluntary gave his seat up.
A fellow passenger had videotaped the incident showing that authorities warned Hamilton that passengers are not allowed to leave their seats while the plane is taking off. However, Hamilton urgently had to use the restroom. “It was an emergency,” he said to one of the flight attendants.
The Delta staff escorted all passengers off to board again while Hamilton was not allowed to re-board. Consequently, the flight was delayed and all passengers arrived to Milwaukee one hour and half later. Delta airlines refunded the ticket money to Hamilton. He then bought a ticket form a different airline leading him to arrive home late.
As a response to the incident, Delta released a statement and said: “Our flight crews are extensively trained to ensure the safety and security of all customers,” Delta added. “It is imperative that passengers comply with crew instructions during all phases of flight, especially at the critical points of takeoff and landing.”
According to U.S. Department of Transportation laws, passengers must be seated at all times before the takeoff. There are no exceptions except when the plan waits on the tarmac for more than 2 hours. Only then, passengers are allowed to move.