Intercontinental United Airlines Flight Diverted By 'Racist, Homophobic' Passenger [Video]

Jonathan Brown

The American man who forced crew members of an intercontinental United Airlines flight to prematurely land a plane will not be criminally charged for his actions.

The New Zealand Herald explains that the matter purportedly began on Sunday via Flight UA870 from Sydney from San Francisco when the passenger, a 42-year-old male, first complained about having to sit between two relatives of either Indian or Pakistani descent.

"He was sitting between two other gentlemen who were super friendly," fellow United Airlines passenger Neil Kay conveyed to the publication. "And I think they were just saying [in their native language], 'hey, can you pass me a pen' to sign some of the arrival documents."

That is when, according to Kay, the individual became suddenly incensed.

"He just got up and kind of started verbally accosting both of those fellow passengers," Mr. Kay continued, "threatening them [by saying] if they said one word or looked at each other, there'd be something that could come from that."

Two United Airlines employees then supposedly confronted the passenger to calm him down, but Mr. Kay says that only caused the rage-filled rider's vitriol to be targeted toward them.

"He called them terrible homophobic slurs and they kind of left the situation," he stated. "And the captain of the flight crew then stepped in, and just like the other individuals, tried to handle it very professionally and de-escalate the situation."

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"If you guys treat people right on these things," he vents, "you [would] see two last names [that are] the same. Don't put someone else in the middle of them."

After presumably being told to lower his voice by the airline employee, the flyer fires back:

"I'm calm as can be. I'm not yelling at you. Do you want to hear me f***ing yell?"

"You are going to do that? You do that! I'm being so impolite aren't I, fat a**?"

As for the peeved-off passenger, he was denied proper entry into New Zealand due to his actions, and held in police custody until he was able to continue to his destination sometime after the second United Airlines fly-out. Spokespersons for New Zealand law officials did not definitively state their reasons for not charging him. Aviation expert Irene King told 1news in Australia that the disruption more than likely cost United Airlines around $150,000 to properly rectify.

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