Airline passenger drops F-bomb, gets boot

An author of alleged “children’s books” needs to wash his mouth out with soap and find a new airline after dropping the F-bomb aboard an Atlantic Southeast Airlines flight.

Unlike the rain in Spain, Sayegh could not remain on the plane.

Unlike the rain in Spain, Sayegh could not remain on the plane.

The Detroit News reports Brooklyn author Robert Sayegh is thinking about suing the Delta Connection carrier.

According to the article, the 37-year-old, was flying from Kansas City to Newark when a flight attendant overheard him ask “What’s taking so [bleeping] long to close the overhead compartments?”

The plane taxied to the runway but returned to have Sayegh forcibly removed.

Sayegh told the Detroit paper he used the F-word twice.

“I’m like, ‘Are they throwing me off the plane? This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever been through in my life. It’s embarrassing.”

Sayegh, who’s also a TV producer, said he is not “a crazy maniac” and that in New York “we curse as adjectives.”

Oh well, at least he didn’t drunkenly flirt his way into the news.

The airline says the incident is under investigation.

Sayegh said would never intentionally disrupt a flight: “My cousin was killed in 9/11. A lot of friends died in 9/11. I would never come close to doing anything like that.”

169 comments Add your comment

ssmith

June 13th, 2011
1:03 pm

A lot of people can no longer express themselves without profanity.

Muley Powers

June 13th, 2011
1:03 pm

Take your fowl mouth back to New York Son.

myother

June 13th, 2011
1:04 pm

Some people need to be taught respect for others. I don’t appreciate people spewing profanity in public. Keep it at home.

Marilyn

June 13th, 2011
1:04 pm

I am glad to hear he was kicked off the plane. People are allowed to be disrespectful wat too often these days!

Fred

June 13th, 2011
1:05 pm

Good! Maybe he can learn to grow up and express himself in civil language.

Sandi Disher

June 13th, 2011
1:06 pm

Flight attendant needs to get over herself…like she nevers says the f word

jim

June 13th, 2011
1:09 pm

He’s right about people taking too long to put their stuff in the overhead bin, why does it have to take so long?

Jeremy

June 13th, 2011
1:09 pm

I still do not believe that it constitutes forcibly removing him from the plane. I do have to agree, we should be able to speak however we want, even though I also agree its disrespectful. We have the right of Freedom of speech. The law states: freedom to speak freely without censorship. The right to freedom of speech is recognized as a human right under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and recognized in international human rights law. Its just mind boggling to me the way our country is turning out to be. Before we know it, they are going to start cutting our tongues out like 3rd world countries.

Casey

June 13th, 2011
1:10 pm

“we curse as adjectives.”

That shows his level of education. Sayegh must have a very poor vocabulary as do all those who use profanity.

There is never an appropriate place or time to use these dirty words.

Al Sharpton

June 13th, 2011
1:11 pm

Call me to discuss!!

Al Sharpton

June 13th, 2011
1:13 pm

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Snafu

June 13th, 2011
1:15 pm

For all you stupid people who say he should have been booted off the plane..you need to get over your self righteousness. Its a damn word and who give a ratstail if you don’t like it. Its called freedom of speech. That is the problem with you arrogant dumbass Americans. You want to play like you are so damn tough to the world yet you cry about a damn word. The government does not need to take your freedoms you just give it away. You morons are the laughing stock with all your stupidity. Grow the hell up. There is more vulgar language on TV yet in your high superiority you think this hurts someone. Get over yourselves..not everyone will walk lockstep in stupidity.

Shawn

June 13th, 2011
1:17 pm

Well perhaps he scred the crew. I wouldn’t want to risk being 30,000 feet up in the air with an unruly person.

Jerry Kingster

June 13th, 2011
1:22 pm

Hey, Muley Powers, go and phuk yourself. Real deep. Son.

Michael

June 13th, 2011
1:24 pm

Yes he should have been kicked off! As a father of two kids under 10 I am sick of the language my kids hear in public. Are you trying to tell me that he could not express himself with out dropping the F bomb. As far as freedom of speech he can say all he wants without using foul language. No one was keeping him from expressing his opinions. Society as a whole has become far too tolerant of language in public settings.

Kris

June 13th, 2011
1:24 pm

While I think forcibly removing him from the plane is a little excessive since he didn’t make a direct threat, it’s refreshing to see people stand up to individuals like him and have no tolerance for it. I fly quite often and get so tired of people complaining and cursing to flight attendents when they have no control over some situations. They work hard for an unforgiving public. Hopefully this will show people that they need to show more respect and understand that flight attendents are there for passenger safety and not be servants to rude passengers.

Leary

June 13th, 2011
1:25 pm

An appropriate lesson for one jerk at the inconvenience of many…

K

June 13th, 2011
1:26 pm

To Snafu…you must have been sitting next to him. Get over yourself.

jimmy

June 13th, 2011
1:31 pm

you say it is freedom of speech to use any word in public.Try using the N”,word and see where that gets you.

dre

June 13th, 2011
1:32 pm

Muley, I am from NY and I agree with you. No class.

Kris

June 13th, 2011
1:36 pm

Casey, making such a blanket statement shows ignorance on your part. There are plenty of well educated people with broad vocabularies who use profanity. Kicking someone off a flight for dropping the f-bomb is excessive. I have 3 small children and do not condone use of profanity in public, but unfortunately, the way consumers are treated these days, it is hard not to become frustrated and sometimes use a poor choice of word.

Devil's Advocate

June 13th, 2011
1:37 pm

Jeremy,

There are exceptions to Freedom of Speech in the United States and I believe obscenity is at the top of that list.

Devil's Advocate

June 13th, 2011
1:38 pm

Oh yeah, I love how it’s always someone else’s fault why people cannot control themselves. /rollseyes

Kathy

June 13th, 2011
1:38 pm

Snafu – get a clue. Freedom of speech gives you the right to speak your opinion about things. He had the right to complain – that’s what freedom of speech is about. He doesn’t have the right to use profanity in that situation – that one’s not in the Constitution.

JoyRide

June 13th, 2011
1:39 pm

Snafu,
You and Sayegh are more than welcome to have a seat in the cargo bin. Just because you have freedom of speech doesn’t mean you have a right to abuse it, use it threateningly, or ingnorantly. Heck, I’m free to jump off a bridge, but most people know it is not an intelligent thing to do. But, since you enjoy all kinds of freedoms with no restraints….be my guest and JUMP off the highest bridge and use all the profanity you want on the way down!

Grow up

June 13th, 2011
1:40 pm

Kris – this had NOTHING to do with being a “consumer.” It was other “consumers” taking so long – not the airline. Get a clue.

JIM

June 13th, 2011
1:40 pm

ASA = A$$holes Server A$$holes

JIM

June 13th, 2011
1:40 pm

ASA= A$$holes Serving A$$holes

:-)

Dave

June 13th, 2011
1:41 pm

Applaud! Applaud!

We’re so proud of you JIM, you figured out how to use characters instead of letters so you can get your feable thoughts past the censoring program.

Applaud! Applaud!

Lundy

June 13th, 2011
1:44 pm

lwa

June 13th, 2011
1:45 pm

Freedom of Speech

Tim

June 13th, 2011
1:46 pm

Fcu k you, you self-righteous baptist pr!cks

Carolyn

June 13th, 2011
1:46 pm

I don’t use the F word and do not want to hear anyone else use it! Good for someone taking a firm stand.

MeaneyMouse

June 13th, 2011
1:47 pm

HEYYY YOU DNAGED WOODCHUCKS!! QUIT CHUCKING MY WOOD!!

RESISTANCE IS FUTILE /(*. .*)\

SpellCheck

June 13th, 2011
1:47 pm

fowl = chicken
foul is what you intended to type…

Dave

June 13th, 2011
1:47 pm

SO, was he charged with anything? Sounds like a flight attendant who was having a bad day or something. I would sue also.

Laurie

June 13th, 2011
1:47 pm

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is another reason to bypass the airline industry alltogether. Whether you agree with this man’s use of profanity or not, delaying a flight for the 100 other passagers because the flight attendant was a little offended is outragous and excessive.

Devil's Advocate

June 13th, 2011
1:48 pm

I applaud Jim for using his freedom of speech proudly today. Remember people, when we don’t use our freedom of speech tirelessly, the terrorists win.

So on this upcoming July 4th, if you’re not cursing everyone you see that day then you’re not doing your part as an American.

MyPatootie

June 13th, 2011
1:49 pm

Once heard a very well-known professional speaker say, “those who cannot speak without using profanity or vulgar language are only showing their inability to carry on an intelligent, worthwhile conversation”. If I hear someone curse in public, especially use the f-word or other vulgarity, they lose all respect and credibility with me right then and there, no matter who they are. Glad this guy was kicked off. It’s about time civility and respectability was restored in this great country of ours.

Fletch

June 13th, 2011
1:49 pm

I do agree that Flight Attendants are doing a thankless job. But to be fair, I’ve tried to thank them on numerous occasions, but they keep telling me to stop touching them. :)

Relationship Expert

June 13th, 2011
1:53 pm

I am pleased that someone had the courage to address the profanity. We as males, might be able to tolerate others’ profane tirades. Nontheless, men with character don’t want their Mother, Wife, Daughters, Sisters, and Grand Children exposed to profanity.

JoyRide

June 13th, 2011
1:54 pm

@Relationship Expert – THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!

Jean

June 13th, 2011
1:55 pm

If I were a passenger on the flight, I would be more irritated by the plane returning to the gate than I would be by someone’s use of the f-bomb.

Devil's Advocate

June 13th, 2011
1:55 pm

Laurie,

That is an amazing point. People are so busy playing the Freedom of Speech card they fail to see the real problem here. But what is the airline to do? What if there were people on that flight who were not happy with that guy’s mouth? Should the plane continue and people be told to ignore this person? What if another passenger takes offense and a fist fight breaks out similar to what happened on a flight last week?

When people decide to act up on a plane, the airline is in a no-win situation. Let it go and risk escalation to the point of a real lawsuit or take action that might inconvience people but better protects the business from potential damages. I can tell you right now that airlines are going to try their best to supress any threat, no matter how minor the threat, from now on. They’d rather something like this get attention with one guy than risk 100 individuals suing for something greater due to potential negligence and inaction.

Why can’t people be responsible and not put others in a bad situation in the first place?

Mason Dixon

June 13th, 2011
1:58 pm

Typical NY behavior. Those clowns invent ways to use the f word out in public. Glad he got his NY butt kicked off the flight. He should be fined and never allowed to fly on Delta/Atlantic Southeast again. Keep the potty mouth at home. Must be a Mets fan as well as I have heard them cussing very loudly while families are close by at Braves games. NY punks like Sayegh (considering his girly-looking photo, it appears that the sissy has never, ever seen the inside of a gym!) should just stay home.

Atlantaphotog

June 13th, 2011
2:00 pm

“in New York “we curse as adjectives.”

That’s Bull. Cussing is cussing no matter where you live, and not everyone wants to hear those “adjectives” used in every sentence.

Lisa

June 13th, 2011
2:02 pm

Being a former New Yorker it is news to me that we curse and use these words as adjectives. I am not saying a New Yorker doesn’t curse but the majority of people I know, work with do not. There are alot of GA transplants from the North here and in 7 years here I have yet to hear that. My children, now adults with kids of their own do not speak like that. It is all in the upbringing and teachings in the home.

Native Atlantan

June 13th, 2011
2:02 pm

I wish the airlines had the guts to kick more people off flight.

Freedom of Speech

June 13th, 2011
2:05 pm

Sure, people have freedom of speech, but does his freedom of speech supercede my freedom not to hear him cuss? His expression of his freedom of speech was forced upon those around him in the aircraft, what about their freedoms? His behavior was rude and disrespectful(thank you Miss Manners), unfortunately a common quality demonstrated by many. I am all for his ability and right to express his frustrations and agonies, however, he should have chosen a more suitable avenue.

Does he use such langauge in the books he writes? Why not? Because parents would not buy them. What happened to practicing what you preach?

Mother That Was On The Plane

June 13th, 2011
2:07 pm

Thank you for booting this jerk off the plane. My children and I didn’t have to listen to his foul language anymore. If he wants to curse and behave like an idiot, let him buy his own private plane. Yaaaaay..THANK YOU, SOUTHEAST AIRLINES! You have a lot more customers thanks to making an example of this jerk.