Thu, Jun 16, 2011
Removed From Delta Connection Flight, Allegedly For
A New Yorker's colorful language got him removed from an
Atlantic Southeastern Airlines flight operating as a Delta
codeshare, and now he's threatening to sue the airline ... even
though no charges were filed against him.
Robert Sayegh was returning from a wedding in Kansas City
last Saturday, and had a layover in Detroit before continuing on
the Newark, NJ. The flight was delayed, and Sayegh and the other
passengers were reportedly on the plane for some 45 minutes before
it finally pushed back from the gate and started to taxi to the
What got Sayegh in trouble was a comment he made to another
passenger and overheard by a flight attendant before the pushback.
The Detroit News reports that he said "What's taking so (deleated)
long to close the overhead compartments?"
After pushing back from the gate, the plane returned to the
terminal, airport police boarded the plane, and escorted the TV
Producer and children's author back up the jetway. Sayegh was told
he was being "disruptive."
In his defense, Sayegh said being from Brooklyn "we use curse
words like adjectives." An airline spokeswoman said the carrier is
"conducting a full investigation of the incident," and that as a
Delta Connection airline, they comply with Delta's standards, which
allows them to remove passengers when they are "abusive,
disorderly, or violent." They also reserve the right to remove a
passenger who appears to be drunk or under the influence of
Sayegh admits to being hung over, but not drunk. He told the
paper that he had a relative and several friends killed in the 9/11
attacks, and would never disrupt a flight. He was booked to Newark
on a later flight.
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