A passenger says she was forced to abandon a Delta Connection flight at Fort Wayne International Airport following a dispute with a flight attendant over airport flight mode.
The passenger, New Yorker Robyn Rodgers, took to Instagram to publicly report the incident. Along with the recorded material, Rodgers wrote that she had been "unfairly ejected" by Delta Flight 4527 after a staff member had asked her to put her phone in airplane mode.
"I told her: I know how to turn on Airplane Mode" I do not have to stand above me, "Rodgers said in the post." She got upset and said, "If you do that, we can go back to the gate and you can get out. "I held up my phone to show her that Flight Mode was on."
Rodgers said The flight attendant left and returned to her seat to tell her that the plane would return to the gate When she was asked to leave the flight, three additional adult passengers getting up to defend the woman were also launched from the flight, she said, including a passenger with a child who was also forced to leave the plane
SkyWest Airlines, a regional airline contracted by Delta to operate in smaller cities, operated June 23. Many passengers are unaware of this distinction because of customer routes remain on Delta's reservation system.
The flight attendant is a SkyWest employee, Delta said.
"We take all the allegations of discrimination seriously and review reports from SkyWest Flight 4527" Delta Connection, "SkyWest Airlines spokeswoman, Marissa Snow, said in a statement to the New York Daily News ." We are disappointed that our clients have had this experience and are working with our partner Delta to work directly with the customers involved. "