A woman on a January 2 United Airlines flight from Las Vegas, Nevada to Newark, New Jersey was kicked off the plane after repeatedly calling her seatmates “two big pigs” and loudly congratulating herself for eating salad.
In a video from the flight taken by Norma Rodgers, the woman talks loudly on her cell phone before the flight takes off, saying the man and woman seated on either side are “squishing her” (they’re not). After ordering a flight attendant to find her a window seat and getting off the call, the woman says, “Get me out of here. I can’t do this. I can’t breathe; I’m so squished,” and then adds, “I eat salads, okay?”
According to People, Rodgers (who was seated next to the woman) is an award-winning nurse and should also win an award for clapping back at horrible people on planes:
“Excuse me, can you find her another seat, because I will not be verbally abused by this bitch, or anybody else,” Rodgers says in the video. “I will not be verbally abused by anybody. I’m not tolerating it.”
Rogers then asks to file a complaint as the other passengers on the plane begin to shout down the woman. “I’m not starting my new year off with this kind of negativity,” Rodgers says.
Soon after the video ended, the woman was kicked off the plane.
“United flight attendants care about the safety and well-being of all of our customers which is why they acted quickly to find a different seat for the disruptive customer,” a spokesperson for United Airlines told The Washington Post. “When it became clear that this passenger’s behavior was likely to be problematic on this flight, she was provided alternate travel arrangements first thing the next morning.”
In an interview with CBS New York, Rodgers, who posted the video on Facebook, said, “She was verbally abusive. What made her think it was OK to body shame two people?”