Travelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3313 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1276 times:
Passenger defends Vikings’ Moss
Reciever was ‘gentleman,’ did not provoke confrontation
CHARLESTON, W. Va., June 14 — A US Airways passenger says Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss did nothing to provoke a confrontation with a flight attendant that led to his removal from the airplane.
“HE WAS A COMPLETE gentleman,” Patty Garcia said Tuesday from her home in Tampa, Fla. “If there was any instigation, it was by her. I’ve never seen anyone get treated the way he did. Ever.”
Garcia’s name was given to The Associated Press by Moss’ agent, Dante diTrapano, who had obtained her name from a witness list compiled by airport security.
Garcia did not know who Moss was when he boarded Flight 1421 for the 35-minute flight from Charleston to Pittsburgh on Monday night.
Moss’ carry on bag was too large to fit under his first-class seat and the overhead compartments were full. He was told he would have to check the bag inside the airport.
Instead, Moss walked to the near-empty back of the plane and removed a few items from the bag, which he placed in an overhead compartment and sat down near Garcia.
Garcia, a Dunbar native, struck up a 10-minute conversation with Moss, who is from Rand and was flying to Miami. Garcia described how a flight attendant approached Moss before the plane had left the gate.
“She comes back there and says, ‘Do you have a problem?’ He says, ‘What do you mean?’ She said, ‘You’re sitting back here talking.’ He said, ‘I’m not showing you any disrespect. I’m sitting back here fine.’
“She must have thought we were speaking about her,” Garcia said. “She got on a power trip.”
The flight attendant summoned the captain, who allegedly cursed at Moss and said he had “better sit back there and shut up or he would ... throw him off the plane,” Garcia said.
Charleston police then were asked to escort Moss from the plane.
“Randy didn’t utter one expletive, didn’t show any disrespect and shouldn’t have been taken off the aircraft,” Garcia said.
US Airways spokesman David Castelveter in Arlington, Va., declined Tuesday to discuss the incident.
DL Widget Head From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2041 posts, RR: 5 Reply 3, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1136 times:
Based on the information above (Randy's point of view) I think the F/A could have handled that situation a lot better. Since Randy was probably on a paid F/C ticket the F/A should have helped him in any way possible find some extra space or at the very least said nothing further after Randy himself found space. Shame on you USAirways.
Johnboy From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2472 posts, RR: 1 Reply 4, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1123 times:
Not only shame on you USAirways, but get ready for some bad publicity. If it doesn't get out, it will be only because Mr. Moss wouldn't want anyone to get in trouble. That f/a needs to go back to "First Class" training school and learn how First Class passengers need to be treated. I would be sorely perturbed if I paid cash money for First Class, and some shrew treated me that way. There is such a thing as a little too much Oprah.......
DeltaAir From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1094 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1106 times:
The plane returned to the gate and Moss was removed with force. Right now the FBI and everyone and their brother are in on this. The F/A had no right to do what she did from what witnesses say. This isn't good publicity for US Airways.
Samurai 777 From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 2451 posts, RR: 5 Reply 8, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1054 times:
This sounds like really negative publicity for USAirways! Legal action taken against USAirways seems likely, and the FA could the prospect of being fired. The FA had absolutely no right to act like that in this situation. Period. And neither does the captain!
VirginA340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1035 times:
Shame on you US Airways!!!! I expected better from an airline whos goal is to shed their horrible past as UScare after having 5 plane crashes in 5 years and being fined heavily by the FAA for maintenance violations in the early 90s. You are not supposed to piss the passengers off. If this was a race problem and if I were to be in his shoes then I would never fly them again and take my business elsewhere. I had the same problem on BA on my last JFK-LHR flight with them. The problem was so horrible and tramitizing to my parents that I never came back to fly with them which is why I fly Virgin because they are not a buch of racist employees out to get u because of what color your skin is. US airways; Don't screw it up