Milwaukee: A man was taken off from a Delta Air Lines flight after he insisted on going to the bathroom as the plane awaited takeoff.
A video emerged of the April 18 incident aboard a Milwaukee-bound flight from Atlanta in which passenger Kima Hamilton was asked to leave.
Hamilton went to the bathroom, where a flight attendant told him the plane would lose its takeoff spot if he relieved himself.
But the wait became so intense that he could not hold it anymore.
“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.'"
Hamilton said. "It escalated to that point that fast.”
Two Delta agents boarded the flight and tried to get Hamilton off the flight. He is seen on the video refusing to give up his seat and discussing the matter at length with one of the agents.
His main concern was getting back to Milwaukee — where he’s an artist in residence at a school and was due to go on a fieldtrip the next morning, according to a local newspaper.
“I’m not going to leave you stranded here in Atlanta,” the agent tells Hamilton at one point.
FBI agents were waiting for him when he got off the flight, he said.
Delta refunded his flight, and Hamilton said he paid three times the returned amount for a Southwest Airlines trip back to Milwaukee.
Fellow passenger Krista Rosolino, who was on the flight with her husband, recorded a video of the exchange and posted a lengthy blog post about it.
“My take-away from this experience is that I will not be flying Delta again,” wrote Rosolino, a Milwaukee attorney. “Who treats a person like this? Have you forgotten that the people that pay to fill the seats are actually human beings who sometimes have emergencies (like having to use the bathroom when you have been waiting on the plane for an hour)?”
The incident comes as other airlines come under scrutiny for removing passengers from planes.