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Delta Passenger Removed From Flight For Using Restroom Before Takeoff
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A man was removed from his seat on a Delta airplane in Atlanta, after using the bathroom while the plane was still on the tarmac.
Kima Hamilton was on the plane as it was about to leave Atlanta to go to Milwaukee when he had to use the bathroom. When he attempted to get up from his seat the first time, a flight attendant told him that the plane would lose its takeoff spot if he got up.
After 30 minutes went by and the plane had not taken off yet, Hamilton got up to pee and upon returning to his seat, learned that he was being removed by the plane's pilot.
"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 to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "It escalated to that point that fast."
In video captured of the incident by fellow passengers Krista Rosolino and her husband, Mike, Hamilton, who is a teacher in Milwaukee, can be seen pleading with the employee to let him stay on the plane since he did not want to miss a field trip with his students.
Ultimately, the plane returned to the gate and everyone was escorted off and allowed to reboard, except Hamilton.
"It was already understood and decided that I was a problem and I was getting kicked off the plane. When I exited, there were FBI agents waiting for me with Delta personnel," Hamilton stated.
Delta did refund part of Hamilton's ticket but he was left spending three times the original amount to get a ticket on Southwest Airlines.
The airplane service has since released the following statement on the incident:
"Our flight crews are extensively trained to ensure the safety and security of all customers. It is imperative that passengers comply with crew instructions during all phases of flight, especially at the critical points of takeoff and landing."