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January 25, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

An airline called police to remove a woman from a flight before takeoff, to applause from other passengers, after she picked an argument with a Donald Trump supporter sitting next to her and refused to desist.

The Trump supporter, Scott Koteskey, was returning from Washington DC, where he had been celebrating America’s new president being sworn in. The two were sitting side by side on an Alaska Airlines flight to Seattle from Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, which is about 50km from Washington DC.

What transpired, as filmed (mainly by Kotesky) can be seen here:


Koteskey told Seattle-based radio station KVI-AM that even before the flight, the woman was taking issue with anyone wearing a Donald Trump T-shirt.

Koteskey wasn’t wearing one. He was wearing another T-shirt and a beanie, but the woman started harassing him and interrogating him.

In the clip the woman, who is travelling with her husband, tells a flight attendant she wants Koteskey to sit elsewhere.

The woman turns to Koteskey and says: “You pretend you have the moral high ground, but you put that man’s finger on the nuclear button.

“That man doesn’t believe in climate change.”

And so it goes on.

“My husband lost his mother. Have some respect,” the woman tells a flight attendant.

Her husband, alongside her, sits stoney-faced and unspeaking through most of the video, his hand on his chest.

When it turns out the woman won’t cease pestering Koteskey, the airline eventually calls airport police.

They board the plane and can be seen in the clip telling the woman she has to leave.

Applause and cries of “USA, USA!” can be heard as the woman departs.

“Now I got a whole row to myself,” Koteskey says, in a clip filmed by an adjacent passenger, as he gestures towards the empty seats next to him.

Koteskey said a black man eventually took one of the seats vacated by the woman and her husband. Koteskey said the newcomer turned out to be a registered Democrat but got on well with Koteskey and they had a cordial discussion about the beauty of free speech, the Washington Post reported.

Written by Peter Needham

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