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101 Students Kicked Off Flight During Senior Trip

Students Kicked Off Flight

Students kicked off a flight during their senior trip are none to happy with Airtran Airlines. One hundred and one students were heading from New York to Atlanta on Monday when they were said to be “non-complaint” with AirTran rules.

Airtran owner Southwest Airlines says the group of “non-compliant passengers” would not stay seated and some were using their mobile devices.

The airline says the students kicked off the flight refused to heed various warnings from flight crew members and even the plane’s captain. The students were eventually asked to leave the flight, the incident delayed AirTran’s departure time for 45 minutes.

Students and teachers at Orthodox Jewish high school Yeshivah of Flatbush tell a different story, claiming that flight crew employees overreacted to the seniors who were looking forward to their trip to Six Flags and then rafting.

Officials for the school say students were told twice to sit down and get off their mobile phones. Chaperones for the trip say the students complied with the request and were on their best behavior from that point on.

Teacher Marian Wielgus tells WGNTV: “They certainly did not do what the stewardess was claiming they did. That’s what was so bizarre.”

Wielgus further claims that the flight attendants acted “nasty” and were “overreacting” to an incident that didn’t exist.

Southwest Airlines is sticking to its guns, noting that the group was violating federally mandated safety regulations.

Wielgus does admit that some students were out of line, but they question why all 101 students were kicked off the flight.

Students on the Airtran flight claim that they were hardly given a chance to turn off their phones or sit down before they were asked to leave. One student claims the move was an act against their Jewish heritage. That student claims that flight attendants were treating the students like a group of terrorists after they realized their religious background.

Southwest Airlines is no stranger to legal battles based of its decision to kick certain passengers off its flight. As The Inquisitr recently reported one man is preparing to sue Southwest Airlines for what he sees as an unlawful removal.

With 101 students kicked off the flight, this is likely not the last we will hear from both groups regarding the matter.

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23 Responses to “101 Students Kicked Off Flight During Senior Trip”

  1. John Stanton

    Lousy article. Where were they taken off the flight? How long had then been in the air? Were they returned to NY? How? Where are they now?

  2. Trish Carr-Buchanan

    They shouldn't have had to be asked to sit down or turn off devices. It is told to you at the beginning of your flight. They are high school seniors for crying out loud they should have been taught to follow rules by now. Good for the airline. Rude brats.

  3. Ann Whatson

    Good lesson for the students… THE WORLD DOES NOT REVOLVE AROUND YOU AND YOU NEED TO OBEY RULES. Glad the brats were kicked off the plane.

  4. Anonymous

    I work in the travel industry and this is not surprising to hear this group was in their best behavior.
    Nowadays you can't say anything to passengers, safety guidelines are not followed and just because this group pay their tickets doesn't entitle them to not follow instructions.
    I can almost tell you that their chaperones are just as bad.
    It is a matter of following instructions for your own safety.
    I support the airline crew about them kicking the whole group out of the plane.
    Things would get worse if they have continue their trip.
    This is something for them to learn about.

  5. Chris Bohanan

    So I guess the assumption here is that your readers already know that AirTran is a subisdiary of Southwest? You certainly didn't say it. By the way, what is a teach?

  6. James Kosur

    It states they were about to leave from new York heading to Atlanta and that takeoff was delayed by 45 minutes!

  7. Anonymous

    I am so tired of people blaming racism, anti-Semitism, and all the other isms for their troubles. Why does no one ever just admit they screwed up, apologize, and move on?

  8. Jimbo Ludwig

    uh oh, 101 Jewish kids got kicked off a flight?
    That simply means 1,001 lawsuits by their fathers, uncles and brothers who are attys!

  9. Janet Armijo-Durden

    Play the race/religious card, Yeshivah students and staff!

  10. Peter Bostock

    Good lesson for the students; they obviously needed to be taught manners and appropriate conduct on an airplane.

  11. Sandra Kaye

    It says:

    Airtran owner Southwest Airlines says the group of “non-compliant passengers” would not stay seated and some were using their mobile devices.

    Teacher Marian Wielgus tells WGNTV: “They certainly did not do what the stewardess was claiming they did. That’s what was so bizarre.”

    He said/she said…

    Airlines and Stewardesses are run by Unions.
    Unions members are 99% LIBERAL, and bigots to religion.

  12. Anonymous

    Hey James apparently John has trouble reading…..

  13. Perry Read


    Did you read the story it plainly states: "Airtran owner Southwest Airlines" at the beginning of the second paragraph, so maybe you should hold off on the Grammer lesson.

  14. Dale Splitstone

    I agree. I don't care for Jews, or at least those that make an issue out of being Jewish, but I wouldn't have kicked the whole class off for the offenses of less than a dozen unruly students. Obviously it couldn't have been anti-Semitism that lead to this action.

  15. Rose Blankenship

    It had nothing to do with being Jewish……….it has everything to do with them NOT listening to federal rules and regulations.

  16. Marie Neer

    Welcome to the real world, kiddos. Mommy and school officials intimidated by mommy will not always be there to protect you. You are responsible for your own actions. And the 'innocent' kids? They need to look at you for ruining their trip–not oh, my gosh, anti-Semites. Good grief.

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