D L X wrote:
1. This KEEPS happening. Ann Coulter didn't invent the airline-screwed-me-over-heres-the-video-rant trend. She just took it to a new, obnoxious level.
2. Delta ADMITS moving her involuntarily.
"This" is really of the incredibly minor irritant variety as opposed to some of the other negative PR events the airlines have recently suffered. Being moved from an aisle to a window (as I have learned from wjcandee) is an utterly bs reason to lose one's mind as she has done. And it is ABSOLUTELY NO REASON to post a picture of another passenger so you can vilify her as well. Saying Coulter was "screwed over" by being moved from this seat with extra legroom to THAT seat with extra legroom is a real stretch.
Perhaps Delta shouldn't have moved her. But also, perhaps my daughter shouldn't have moved my cheese. This is definitely BFD.
Guys, if you can't see this as Coulter trying to get some press, they you haven't been paying attention to Coulter over the years. THIS. IS. WHAT. SHE. DOES.
I actually have another related answer as to why Coulter posted the photo. When I heard that she had posted a photo, I thought "the woman is either Black or Middle Eastern, and this is a dog-whistle to her constituents." Coulter has expressed her dislike or hatred for these groups in the past.
Again, you cannot divorce the situation from the passenger doing the complaining when you know so very much about the passenger's previous antics.
I think this is WAY over-thinking it. And I thought we were trying to move past victim-shaming a la David Dao, where his past somehow vindicated his beating?
I've been a minority all my life. Trust me, we can spot a bigot and bigoted acts. Look at Coulter's twitter feed: you will find something bigoted in the first 50 posts, particularly about Muslims. When you're appropriately fingered for your bigotry there, you lose the benefit of the doubt here.
A more appropriate metaphor would be if you paid extra for seasoned sour cream and the restaurant decided not to serve it to you.
Not if what wjcandee reported is correct that she was moved from one seat to another seat in the same row. But I do agree that you got the magnitude right. She's complaining about seasoned sour cream, not being bashed in the head and dragged out bleeding.[/quote]
It's absolutely FWP. Having said that, I don't understand the boarding pass issue. Are you saying that she was issued a boarding pass with the wrong seat number, failed to notice it, went to the seat she thought she had, was told to move, didn't like it, and should have then exited the aircraft and spoken with the gate agent? Personally, I would not ever think to get off a plane that is preparing to depart, but that's just me I guess. I also would like to know more about how the whole seating thing happened - you seem to know more than I do about how it came to be that she was in the wrong spot or otherwise moved.
I have nothing to say to defend AC or her actions - I'd never in a million years say that was ok, professional, respectful, or anything else. That doesn't take away from the fact that she didn't get the seat she wanted and didn't feel she was given an understanding or an apology of why? Based on your description above, I believe her, as apparently the FAs don't have time for such things.
Anyhow, her personality, character, behavior, etc isn't my concern, and I don't defend it at all. It's ridiculous. My concern is, as a passenger, feeling appreciated for my business and treated that way, rather than be told to move from my carefully chosen seat with no real explanation or apology or what not.