Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Disruptive passenger in Trump cap delays Shanghai flight

Disruptive passenger in Trump cap delays Shanghai flight

One American passenger who was onboard the flight and witnessed the incident told That's "it sounded like he wanted the seats next to him to be empty, even though he didn't purchase those seats".

As fliers were boarding the plane, the man took another passenger's seat and refused to move, an NBC affiliate in NY reports.

Because the United States presidential election of 2016 has proved time is a flat circle inside of which we are all trapped, passengers chanted "lock him up" as the man was escorted off the plane.

The caps were popular in President Trump's campaign.

The elderly man was demanding extra seats, according to another passenger on the flight.

The flight, which is normally over 14 hours long, was scheduled for a 3.45pm takeoff but actually departed at 8.44pm. At one point the man dared the United flight crew to handcuff him and drag him off the plane.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said the Boeing 757 aircraft at Newark Liberty International Airport after flames were reported coming from the engine on the right side of the aircraft.

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The man, who has not been named, began berating his fellow passengers, according to videos of the incident.

Witness and passenger, Clark Gredona, said on her Facebook account that the man felt he was allowed to several other seats beside him because he didn't get an upgrade.

He referred to another passenger as "stupid friend over here that don't know how to speak English", video shows.

United thanked its customers for their patience and its staff for its professionalism.

Due to the delay, the plane had to make a landing in San Francisco to meet with a replacement crew.

Representatives with United said the man aboard United flight 87 "refused to comply with crew member instructions and became increasingly disruptive when asked to deplane the aircraft". It's unclear when the airport will reopen.

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