Passenger Removed From Flight After Tirade About Sitting Next to Toddler (Video)
Sitting next to a toddler isn’t exactly everyone’s vision of an ideal seatmate, but most people are pretty nice about it when they end up sitting next to one on their flight. After all, lots of babies are perfectly pleasant, even when the plane pressure is making them a little uncomfortable.
But sometimes, you meet a fully grown adult who just cannot handle the idea of dealing with a toddler, any toddler, while in the air.
Valerie Gonzalez was not only removed from the plane but also caused a two-hour delay after a tirade against the mother and child seated next to her. Her rant was captured by a fellow passenger, Orlando Alzugaray, who posted it to Twitter.
In the video, Gonzalez claims she was being kicked off the flight for “calling someone old,” but it was later discovered in police reports that she became irate when she found out she was sitting next to a toddler and switched seats without flight attendants’ permission, USA Today reported.
“I'm not sitting next to a [expletive] 3-year-old. I've been drinking all day,” she allegedly said in the report, according to USA Today.
Gonzalez can be seen complaining about the situation to someone on her phone, and repeatedly saying, “What did I do?” She then verbally attacks her fellow passengers and crew, shouting expletives and even spitting on other passengers.
According to ABC7, Gonzalez attempted to get back on the flight after being removed, hit the JetBlue agent who tried to stop her, and spit on a number of employees. She has been charged with battery.
There are actually quite a few reasons a passenger can be kicked off an airplane, ranging from disobeying instructions to being too drunk to fly. Often, alcohol is a factor for disruptive passengers, much like one woman who snuck on her own, personal bottle of booze on an easyJet flight in 2017.