Just desserts or punished too harshly?
A woman’s high-paying public-sector job is at stake after she was filmed raging while she was boarding a Delta flight. She yelled at a mother and her child and told the airline worker that she may not keep her job for long once the passenger used her government position to have the attendant fired. Though most people feel like she got what was coming to her, the most unlikely person is saying she’s being judged too harshly.
Having a Bad Day
Susan Peirez was the last person to board a Delta flight leaving JFK Airport and headed to Syracuse on Feb. 6. She was seated near a 19-year-old mother and her eight-month-old son, and she wanted to be moved to a different seat.
“She came to the back and slammed her bags down. She said, ‘This is f**king ridiculous. It’s bulls**t having to sit in the back of the plane,’” Marissa Rundell told Good Morning America about Susan’s tantrum-like behavior. Marissa asked Susan to please stop using foul language, but that only seemed to further agitate the raging passenger. “I said again please watch your language she told me to shut the f**k up and shove it. That’s when the flight attendant came over and asked what the problem was.”
At this point, Marissa took out her phone and started filming Susan speaking to the flight attendant. “I started recording mainly because I thought it was comical how she was acting,” Marissa said. In the video, Susan demands that the attendant find her a different seat because she refused to sit near Marissa’s child. Susan asks for the attendant’s name, and then she said, “Thank you Tabitha, you may not have a job, tomorrow.”
Marissa claimed that Susan repeatedly said that she worked for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, so Susan seemed to be using her job title as a threat to the attendant’s job. The attendant immediately stated that she wanted Susan to exit the plane and get another flight because she was “screaming at a woman and her baby.”
Susan then pleaded with the attendant to let her stay on the flight even saying that she was sorry and would remain quiet, but Susan was escorted off of the plane soon after.
Marissa posted the video of Susan threatening the flight attendant’s job to Facebook, but she never thought that it would go viral and potentially get the woman fired.
Millions of people viewed the video within a matter of weeks, and it reached her superiors at the New York State Council of the Arts where she worked. She was placed on leave from her $95,000 a year job as the Program Director at the Council. “State employees are and must be held to the highest standard both professionally and personally,” said Ronni Reich, Director of Public Information for the Arts Council.
Delta Airlines feels that their attendant made the right decision in kicking the unruly passenger off the plane. “We ask that customers embrace civility and respect one another when flying Delta,” a spokesman for the company stated. “This customer’s behavior toward a fellow customer on a flight from New York to Syracuse was not in keeping with those standards.”
However, Marissa, the person who filmed Susan’s tantrum and posted it online, doesn’t feel like Susan is being treated fairly. “I don’t think she deserves that, people keep saying don’t feel bad she deserved it… I honestly don’t think she did,” Marissa said. She didn’t expect the footage to be as widely seen as it was.
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