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

Red Necker

June 13th, 2011
2:09 pm

This Turd Hole should have been thrown in jail!

steverino

June 13th, 2011
2:11 pm

A foul mouth is a sure sign of a weak mind.

DUMB MOVE IF YOU ASK ME

June 13th, 2011
2:13 pm

THAT DOES NOT MAKE ANY SENSE WHATSOEVER. THEY COULD HAVE GIVEN HIM A VERBAL WARNING IF IT BOTHERED THE FLIGHT ATTENDENT THAT MUCH. THAT IS ABOUT THE DUMBEST THING I HAVE HEARD IN MY ALMOST 53 YEARS OF LIFE. I GUESS THE FLIGHT ATTENDENT DOESN’T WATCH PG-13 OR R-RATED MOVIES OR GOES TO BARS. SO DUMB & STUPID. PEOPLE GET OVER YOURSELVES & STOP BEING SO JUMPY. I COULD SEE IF HE WAS A THREAT OR DANGER TO THE PASSENGERS AND/OR STAFF. THE IDIOT LIST GROWS EVERYDAY. GET A LIFE PEOPLE, GOOD GRIEF CHARLIE BROWN!! SMH!! LOL!!

JesusFreak

June 13th, 2011
2:14 pm

Good for them! Profanity just denotes a limited vocabulary and limited intellect. Use it all you want to when nobody else is around to hear you, I would have hated to have been on the plane with that dim bulb and having my kids listen to such garbage. Not sure what kind of “children’s” author he is, but we don’t want to read his kind of drivel – go back to school and learn how to talk. A disgrace for all fellow NY’ers.

Frequent Flyer

June 13th, 2011
2:15 pm

Great job! Now that you’ve addressed the “foul language” problem, I for one will be eternally grateful if the same measures can be used to get rid of the idiot parents and their screaming brood.

Duh

June 13th, 2011
2:19 pm

DUMB MOVE IF YOU ASK ME – NOBODY ASKED YOU!!!

flying aholes

June 13th, 2011
2:20 pm

Cursing at the airport and on planes should be MANDATORY.

Delta Sucks

June 13th, 2011
2:27 pm

Delta SUCKS. There I said it… gonna kick me off the plane?

DebDoes

June 13th, 2011
2:27 pm

It’s okay to curse the airlines ‘when you aren’t on the plane’ or in the middle of a TSA search, but not a good idea when they are ‘driving’! Time for a nice big bar of soap and wash that mouth out….besides, come on, children’s book author? Give me a break…..I wonder who edits his work???

Givemeabreak

June 13th, 2011
2:31 pm

Give me an f*&#in’ break. There’s no law against dropping an f-bomb. Should he have kept it to himself? Maybe. Should he have been forcibly removed from an airplane? I think not. People need to lighten up.

Really?

June 13th, 2011
2:34 pm

If you read the Detroit News article he admits to being hung over and in a bar for the 45 minutes prior to the flight. There is more to the story than a couple of F-words. All you are getting is the book writer’s side of the story. There is always two sides. He had to be “forcibly removed” according to the article, that does not sound like a guy that was in control. He even pulls the 9/11 card…what an ass hole. You go airline professionals!

This is not about free speech it’s about the freedom to run your business as you see fit.

Lastly, I believe if he had been flying Muslim Air he would have been beheaded or at least stoned to death for such vulgarity. In America, he gets to sue others for his intollerance of others being intollerant which some of you think should be tollerated by those of us that do not tollerate intollerant behavior….Really.

Rickster

June 13th, 2011
2:36 pm

The rest of the world talks with some level of intelligence. If that’s the way you & other people talk in NY then it sounds like he probably needs to remain in NY!

Fancy

June 13th, 2011
2:37 pm

DebDoes- your name instantly conjures up Debbie Does Dallas, which makes me think you must be a slatternly woman. So why are you at all concerned with someone’s language and censorship? Or did you not intend to send that message? Should I withhold judgment on your character because you made a little slip? Hmmmm….

And JEEZ! Who hasn’t been upset/frustrated and said something impolite?

Also, if people knew how to fly with class and civility, and could actually afford to pay checked bag fees, we wouldn’t have overhead bins stuffed with “carry on” bags filled with tee shirts, terry cloth sweat suits, ill-fitting maxi dresses, flip flops, shorts, and the other lovely garments the tackpots so love.

ymot 24

June 13th, 2011
2:38 pm

I’m surprised that this has not turned into a race issue. I hope the flight attendant was white, so that we can stick to the issue of public decency.

RGB

June 13th, 2011
2:39 pm

“….in New York “we curse as adjectives.”

Southerners don’t.

Another great thing about the South.

Edward

June 13th, 2011
2:42 pm

I hope I can get the plane turned around and the screaming brats and their overweight mom forcibly removed from the flight. Hey, how about getting the larda$$ whose butt is taking up half of the seat *I* paid for forcibly removed? You self-righteous pr**ks deserve hearing a few F-bombs tossed your way.

oh please

June 13th, 2011
2:48 pm

The intent of freedom of speech was to ensure our ability to speak out against our government without fear of repercussion. It has been misconstrued to mean that any fool can say anything they want about anything at all, any time they want (except “Fire!” in a crowded building and the “N” word unless you are one.)

Barry

June 13th, 2011
2:53 pm

Note to “Laurie:” About your comment: “And this, ladies and gentlemen, is another reason to bypass the airline industry alltogether.” When is the last time you tried driving to California? How about driving to Europe?

MIA

June 13th, 2011
3:01 pm

This is what I do not get, we will RIGHTFULLY aalow our childrn to dance to this foolish music, sing it and above all, talk back to grown ups, and we are worried about him saying words like the F word. Well I am here to tell you half the kids are saying the F word and many more words to the parents and teachers everyday. Thye do not get KICKED out of school for DISRUPTING THE CLASS. I say sure he should have been asked to refrain from using the word if it was offensive rio others, but at the same time, I say that we need to practice what we preach. A man can call a woman the B word because she deserves it, as they say. But a person use the F word and not sio much at anyone, but in a sentence and the plane gets turned around. What a CROCK. When the United States should have been overly concerned is when we allowed others to attack our land and kill innocent people. We allowed people to enter our country and disrupt it and did not do anyhthing to stop it. I say what a mess we live in tioday. Spciety needs to get over themselves for real. It is sad when something so little an be considered disruptiv, but they say no wrong when we were attacked UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE. WOW Just SHaking MY dang head…..

Muley Powers

June 13th, 2011
3:01 pm

He said he (and other New Yorkers) use this word as a regular part of their language. I’d like to proof read one of the children’s books you authored Son and see if that filthy word turns up in there.

Dave

June 13th, 2011
3:04 pm

What the F$#K? Oops, do I get booted off the internet now?

DarkBrown

June 13th, 2011
3:04 pm

oh please – “the “N” word unless you are one” Well, tell us how you really feel.

I would not have been “offended” by just the curse words. I curse, but yeah, typically within my circle of friends and family that share my point of view on it. It is not indicative of a lack of education or an ability to express myself.

In fact, my opinion of the line of thought that swearing signifies inability to express oneself or bein uneducated is truly representative of the tendency of folks to jump on the bandwagon on one person’s opinion, or something that they read (often having no clue of its origin) and riding it until the wheels fall off.

Norcross

June 13th, 2011
3:04 pm

For those of you who seem to think Mr. Sayegh can claim some sort of safe harbor under “Freedom of Speech”, I suggest you go back to middle school civics class. If you were educated in Georgia public schools, then perhaps you didn’t learn that Amendment 1 of the US Constitution prohibits the making of any law infringing on the freedom of speech. Airlines and their employees are not legislators. Furthermore, governments in the US have long had free reign to limit obscenity according to their own sense of community standards, and the Supreme Court has offered little protection for obscene speech.

Mary

June 13th, 2011
3:07 pm

If this guy is using the “F” word even before takeoff, I’d hate to be on a plane with him after he had a few drinks or, God forbid, something else didn’t quite go his way fast enough. Sounds like he could use some anger control classes.

Sandi Disher

June 13th, 2011
3:09 pm

Hope he sues the airline..and the airline teaches flight attendant not only to assist with shutting the over head bins….. but to get feelings off her cuff and learn to roll with the punches….heaven for bid to see how she would over reacat if the plane was crashing…. bet she would be dropping the f bomb herself then

Reno

June 13th, 2011
3:10 pm

I would prefer the F bomb hurled as opposed to the slovenly passengers I am usually seated next to: dirty, smelly, eating greasy smelling fast food brought on board, no manners.

Tom

June 13th, 2011
3:12 pm

I guess the “famous” feel they can say and do anything! Problem is, he was not famous enough to get away with it!

  

June 13th, 2011
3:14 pm

“spewing” <– please never use this word again

Al Brawley Sharpton

June 13th, 2011
3:14 pm

But get my name right this time.

Mustard

June 13th, 2011
3:16 pm

Yes I get tired of hearing trash language floating through the air. And the ignorant speach rythms that are acceptable these days.

Stacey

June 13th, 2011
3:17 pm

Unless the airline has a WRITTEN policy that forbids flyers from using profanity or they will be forcibly removed from the plane, they might just lose this case. Like it or not, his speech is protected under the law. Just as the protestors at the funerals of service men and women have the right to their hate speech.

The company accepted payment and promised to deliver him to his destination. If they have an exception clause for profanity, then they were within their rights. Otherwise, I hope he wins a LOT of money for the situation the airline caused and the problems this man is having to go through.

The Big Bopper

June 13th, 2011
3:18 pm

The gentleman in question posed no threat to himself, the plane, or fellow passengers. Removing him from the airplane is an extreme, and unnecessary.

His frustration is not alone, and shared by those who frequently travel and who, unfortunately, have to wait on inept and inconsiderate people who don’t mind causing the rest of us great delays and inconvenience when we attempt to travel.

Perhaps his choice of words is too “harsh” for the goody-two-shoes of the world, but those of us who live in the real world are hardly threatened by a man expressing frustration.

Seeing a stewardess overreact is nothing new.

I’ll bet you $5 we’ll hear of someone being removed from an airplane soon for:
1. Sneezing
2. Looking at a stewardess the wrong way

…let’s wait and see!

Mike Hunt

June 13th, 2011
3:18 pm

Not everyone enjoys hearing some trash mouth cursing around their wife and children. Quit thinking of only yourselves and learn some manners!

John

June 13th, 2011
3:19 pm

“we curse as adjectives”

Well, gee, Mr. New York writer, I’d think you would know that you used it as an adverb on the plane. I bet his books are really top-rate reading.

Steve

June 13th, 2011
3:22 pm

Awwww, poor flight attendant got butthurt ’cause someone drew attention to her inability to perform her job properly. And consequently the flight took off late and most likely landed late too. If I were on that flight I would have been infuriated – not at Sayegh, but at everyone on the flight crew. It seems like some people (including some of you commenters) seem to think that this “easily offended” brittle indignation complex will make people think you have high standards when all it does it make you look incredibly insecure and weak. The world can be a scary place, and if mere words offend you so much, perhaps you should do the rest of the world a favor and stop leaving the house.

Ben Dover

June 13th, 2011
3:22 pm

He may have been frustrated Big Bopper, but maybe he will attain a little class and learn to keep it to himself next time.

SN

June 13th, 2011
3:24 pm

You dont turn a plane around and delay everyone and possibly make them miss there connecting flight just because you were offended by a curse word and i bet the flight attend cusses like crazy herself too. She was probably sick of her job and finally had a chance for some revenge.

The guy is fully wrong for being an @$$ on the plane and was only looking for attention, but dont delay a flight for other people for something so minor that doesnt cause any danger to the flight.

Bob in Sandy Springs

June 13th, 2011
3:24 pm

Hey Jeremy, at what point does your freedom to curse infringe on my freedom not to hear the s&!_ out of your mouth???????

Is it such a damn imposition for someone to keep their curse words to themselves?? If it is, then maybe the a$$hole should drive his car next time.

Ted Striker

June 13th, 2011
3:27 pm

Over-reaction and a mistake by the airline. Hope he sues and wins.

Uncle Joe

June 13th, 2011
3:30 pm

Well! Its about BLEEPING time! Seriously, this is a great sign. Maybe the world is becoming a little more sane. Now let’s see it happen to a person of color.

Leesa

June 13th, 2011
3:35 pm

Nowadays an F Bomb isn’t really a bad word. Shame, but that’s just how it is.

i wish they’d take noisy babies off the plane.

Chuck

June 13th, 2011
3:40 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever flown Delta and not cussed at least twice during the experience. In fact, f*** is the first thing I think when I hear that I’ll have to fly Delta or pay more to take another carrier.

Pauline

June 13th, 2011
3:40 pm

while I do believe that cussing in public is rude and obnoxious, I also believe in the First Amendment” Freedom of Speech” I hope like hell he sues the airline for this as he didn`t endanger anyone, and TOO bad for your bloody ears to hear, that is his right. So suck it up to all you bleeding hearts out there, they have taken a lot of our rights away, maybe you want to nuzzle the crying babies on the planes next.

The King

June 13th, 2011
3:40 pm

Well, the airline had the balls to remove another foul mouthed jerk. This isn’t a freedom of speech issue, it’s a behavioral issue. If the crew determines he is going to be a potential problem, they have every right to remove him from the flight. As long as they are not discriminating based on ethnicity, race or religion. Being a jerk and an annoyance to fellow passengers is not protected speech.
The contractual agreement in purchasing a ticket gives the the crew the right to remove a person, in this case, a foul mouthed jerk. If they want to use that language at home, fine. However, while in public, at least have some measure of civility. If he doesn’t like the airline policy or how quickly they close they overheads, find another airline.

Uncle Joe

June 13th, 2011
3:45 pm

People do not have a RIGHT to be rude and obnoxious. Free speech was NEVER intended by our founders to include profanity. Our founders defined rights as coming from the Creator. It is a very recent trend, this open profanity on bumper stickers, music, and everyday conversation,and is symptomatic of the moral decline of our country. Only whimps who can’t control their sensitives egos use profanity in public. The airline is a private corporation and should be able to enforce a policy about such behavior. Fly Profanity Air if you wish to be a jerk.

whatsarcane

June 13th, 2011
3:48 pm

Jermey, His right to free speach ends when it is offensive to others. Perhaps in New York curse words are routinly used as ajetives however he was not in New York. Contrary to the belief of most New Yorkers the center of the universe is not Brooklyn! Since he does not understand why he was kicked off the plane he is not bright enough to know how to act in public.

Deb

June 13th, 2011
3:50 pm

It’s about time to take back the morals of America! Yeah Delta! THANK YOU!!!!

Neils60

June 13th, 2011
3:53 pm

The airline personnel responsible for booting him off the jet should get a reward for his/her willingness to protect the flying public from a foul mouthed idiot. Why should anyone have to be subjected to such profanity, especially in a confined area? The fact that Sayegh wants to sue the airline says a lot about him.

sliderule

June 13th, 2011
3:54 pm

I think we can split these responses into people with class and people with no class. I leave it to you decide which is which.

Wondering

June 13th, 2011
3:58 pm

Detla is not the government and so it is not a 1st amendment issue.

The airline is responsible for the safety of its passangers, and having a passanger onboard who can’t control himself is a safety issue. They don’t have to wait for him to become violent. That would be stupid.

He should be thankful he wasn’t in the air as they would have been required to restrain him for safety. Wrist ties are not comfortable.