By Cailey Rizzo
July 26, 2019

A passenger was removed from an American Airlines flight at Dallas–Fort Worth on Monday after refusing to leave his seat.

American Airlines
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The man was assigned a seat in row 36 of the aircraft but when he boarded the plane, he sat down in the first row of economy class, according to local news WFAA.

When the passenger who was supposed to have that seat boarded the plane, the man refused to move. “Don't force me. Don't violate my freedom. That's my seat. You don't like it. Switch it,” the passenger said in video captured of the incident.

“If the police come right now I’m going to stay in that seat,” he said. Cabin crew called police to handle the situation.

The other passengers had to gather their belongings and deplane while waiting for police.

Later video shows the man being taken off the gangway, handcuffed to a wheelchair and four police officers restraining him.

“American contacted law enforcement due to a disruptive passenger who caused a disturbance during the boarding process,” the airline said in a statement.

The police did not make any arrests. The flight to Los Angeles was delayed 45 minutes.

Earlier this week, a man and woman were kicked off an American Airlines flight from Miami to Los Angeles after she hit him over the head with her laptop for “looking at another woman,” in a video posted on Twitter.