Delta Air Lines kicked a paying passenger off one of their flights after he went to the toilet while the plane was delayed on the runway.
Kima Hamilton, a 39 year old DJ and poet asked flight crew if he could use the toilet while the plane, which was due to travel from Atlanta to Milwaukee, was held on the tarmac for 30 minutes. He said “We weren’t taking off. We were still. The plane isn’t moving.”
However the flight attendants refused to allow him his request and he returned to his seat. The delay continued, and Mr Hamilton quickly popped to the bathroom. After that he said the situation “escalated fast”.
He continued “The pilot came on and said, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, I’m sorry for the inconvenience but we have to return to the gate and remove a passenger’.“
In an online video, Mr Hamlilton is seen talking calmly to two Delta officials. He tells them that he “hasn’t done anything hostile” and asks them to help him “understand why” he is being thrown off the plane.
Mr Hamilton said at one point he apologised to a man sitting next to him for the inconvenience, to which the man replied: “You did nothing wrong”.
The whole plane was eventually forced to disembark and reboard while he was interviewed by police and Delta personnel in the airport.