IPFreely wrote:Not true.
By all accounts the woman had dragged the stroller to the rear of the plane. From the video this man was sitting in the first 3 or 4 rows of the plane. So you can get off your high horse, there is no way he had any idea what happened when the FA first attempted to take the stroller for gate checking. He simply jumped into a situation that did not concern him, lamely attempting to be a tough guy. He is quite lucky that the captain did not have him removed from the flight or that another passenger did not give him a smackdown.
accounts the woman had dragged the stroller to the rear of the place. That was the issue: she had a double-wide stroller, and it would not go down the aisle. It was at the front of the plane where the FA grabbed the stroller - almost hitting the baby in the woman's arms - and it is there that the incident occurred. And it was there that everyone near the front of the aircraft saw what happened.
Do you just make up your "facts" as you go along?
I looked at the video a few times and there are a few things quite obvious:
1. The woman with the baby was totally faking it. Not only because of her very fake wailing but also because her baby was quite calm throughout. I have seen many cases when the mother is genuinely distraught (not faking it) the baby is very distraught as well. Not in this case.
2. The "white knight" guy was aggressive and he threatened the gate agent with violence. Not to mention disruptive, arrogant and totally out of line. Too bad he wasn't booted off that flight and charged for assault.
3. The gate agent ordered the "white knight" dude to stay out of it.
4. The "white knight" guy attacked the gate agent and aggressively entered his personal space. Again he should be charged for that.
While I was very negatively impacted from the video that made all the news at United, watching this over and over again actually I can't really blame the gate agent for anything but standing up for himself. And since it's easier today for the airline to throw a gate agent under the bus and throw money at people for good publicity that's how it will happen. I wouldn't be surprised if more people in service jobs start looking for a different career. After all that's happened being a gate agent is worse than a toilet cleaner with all the crap people are willing to pull on you just to get a pay-out.
Maybe you need to take yet another look, because much of what is "obvious" to you is simply wrong:
1. You deduce the woman is "faking it" because the baby isn't crying? She was the one who, according to other passengers, was hit by the stroller; the baby was barely missed. Whether or not a baby was crying is a non sequitur
, regardless of your "many cases" of observation.
2. The "white knight" was aggressive, but hardly arrogant and out of line. If you think he should be charged with assault, perhaps you need to look at the video a few more times. He was attempting to protect the woman - and the babies - which would normally be considered commendable by honorable - and non-biased - people.
3. Not likely, because there was no gate agent on the aircraft. It was the hot-headed flight attendant who told the "dude" to stay out.
4. Again, he couldn't invade the space of any gate agent; there was no gate agent on the plane. And other passengers agree that incident started when said FA "violently" jerked the stroller, almost hitting the baby; some say the stroller did hit the woman - and her forehead does appear to be bruised.. That precipitated the woman's anguish, as well as the disgust of the other passenger. And that, Mr. sofianec, might be the invasion-of-space you are looking for.
So, fortunately, there will be no gate agent thrown under the bus... but a short-tempered flight attendant may be looking for a new job. He might want to try out for a lucha libre
ABC did interview some of the passengers; http://abcnews.go.com/US/american-airli ... d=46951873