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

dolfina

June 14th, 2011
7:14 am

Sayegh said, “I’m like”….what is he, 15 years olf?

Sim

June 14th, 2011
7:58 am

On a Delta flight a few weeks ago from SF to Atl I was sleeping in an aisle seat when a flight attendant forcefully (and accidentally) ran the corner of a large (loaded) metal beverage cart into my flexed knee. Being asleep, I was momentarily unaware of where I was and as I came to my senses I shouted out a very profane phrase. Very profane. My knee swelled up instantly and there was little I could do to relieve the pain except grab my knee and rock back and forth. It hurt a great deal. I stopped cursing after my initial outburst, but no one threatened me for saying such vile things. That was wise. Even though they expressed no remorse for having injured me and didn’t even offer me a bag of ice for my swollen knee, I elected not to sue them. Had they chided me for cursing, I would not have made that decision and might own a sizable portion of Delta airlines today. My point: there is justifiable cursing and although the airlines threw this person off the flight–they didn’t mess with me. I was in no mood to be messed with and they knew it.

Lewis S.

June 14th, 2011
8:07 am

I found his biography at Amazon to be completely free of this necessary “adjective”. I assume it was there until someone reminded him that it may offend some of the people whose money he wanted. He should edit his biography at Amazon if he really thinks it is necessary to use that “adjective”.

Big deal

June 14th, 2011
8:47 am

The ‘F’ word is used commonly like ‘a’, ‘and’ and ‘the’. Get over yourselves people and Atlantic Southwest. I wonder often what the ‘f’ takes so long on planes too!

Krystle Meyer

June 14th, 2011
8:55 am

@ JEREMY: “Freedom of Speech” only applies to government, as in, government cannot restrict your freedom of speech. Private companies can. Source: I am an attorney.

Krystle Meyer

June 14th, 2011
8:58 am

@ SIM: If your knee was able to be struck by the cart, your knee was not in your seating area. Therefore, Delta would not be liable for your little ouchie. Passengers are expected to keep their hands, arms, legs, feet and junk out of the aisles.

Big deal

June 14th, 2011
9:17 am

Krystle, where on Earth did you get your law degree? A gumball machine. LOL. You are supposed to keep arms, etc, out of the aisle but they are also supposed to be prudent to not ram the cart into you. They would be liable as they would have clearly seen that part of his body would obstruct their path.

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June 14th, 2011
9:39 am

Little stewardess got butthurt by a little word, much like all you over-sensitive pansies.

Are there no reasonable men and women around anymore?l

Brian

June 14th, 2011
10:01 am

She overheard him?………. Maybe she needs to focus on real problems and her job she has to do. He hurt no one and posed no threat to anyone. This is insane. I wish the only thing I had to concern myself with is someone elses fowl mouth.. No wonder flights cost so much. She just cost delta high $ fuel because of a word she doesnt like, also wasted alot of peoples time. Oh but she got paid.

Brian

margaret

June 14th, 2011
3:19 pm

2 sides to the story!! I’m sure he did not say it under his breath… he probably carried on.. if the flt was taxi-ing out why was he still swearing???

margaret

June 14th, 2011
3:36 pm

he was probably taken off because he had alcohol on his breath and being disruptive.. they don’t know when his last drink was….. and once you get in the air it’s a little late to try to controll a situation!! Read Below.. I found it in another paper… all Dr. Robert Sayegh’s words!!!

The flight, which was taxiing on the runway, turned around at Detroit Metro Airport and police boarded the flight to escort Sayegh off. “I couldn’t even believe when they pulled up and the cops got on,” Sayegh told the paper.

Sayegh admits he was hungover on the flight, and denies that the F-word was directed at anyone. “I don’t want to come off like I curse all the time. We use curse words just like adjectives. But the thing is, I never said it out loud towards him. He just happened to be right behind me,” Sayegh says of the flight attendant.

Neon Nights

June 14th, 2011
3:54 pm

Some people really need to get over themselves. I can understand not liking the use of fowl language in public. I don’t either, but saying that it was right to remove the guy from the plane is ludicrous at best. There are a lot of things I dislike, including pathetic southern twangs, which I find to sound even more uneducated than the occasional F bomb, but I wouldn’t want someone removed from a public place because of it. The only reason people should be removed from a plane is that they are a threat to the well being of other passengers. The guy has every right to sue and I hope he does. Delta needs a lesson.

Krystle Meyer

June 14th, 2011
4:06 pm

@ Big deal – lol, Duke actually. And I get paid six figures to defend big companies from idiots that don’t understand that airline attendants are under no obligation to peek around those big carts to tuck in your wittle arms and legs.

Krystle Meyer

June 14th, 2011
4:08 pm

@ Neon Nights: He has every right to sue, but he would be wasting his time. Delta can throw someone off if they feel that person is not in conformity with their agreement when the ticket was booked. This includes conduct, which encompasses language. No freedom of speech violation – that only applies to government.

Delta Hater

June 15th, 2011
5:35 pm

Some ppl really are having to long to put their anyways to big bags in the overhead bin or try to stuff it under the seat infront of them. Gosh pay those 25$ and it goes in the planes belly! Not that hard isn’t it? Thumbs up if you hate fat guys beside you in the plane!!! They need to pay me back half of my ticket and charge this fat guy b/c i was just using half the seat!!! I want Mr. Makeys “it”!!!

J littleton

June 15th, 2011
6:35 pm

J littleton

June 15th, 2011
6:41 pm

This is and example of the of a large group of people in society that have changed their language to express themselves in a vulgar way. I have had men and women like him who have limited vocabulary that I just tell them I have a picture of my children in my pocket and asked them to please not talk like that around me. Most of the time they just stop talking in such terms. I have been on planes when everyone was in such a hurry to load their bags in the overhead that they seem to not remember that the plane will take off only when the Captain tells them to fasten their seat belts. Why get so up set that you make a fool of yourself and get kick off the plane.

mark

June 15th, 2011
9:51 pm

What ever happened to free speach, not that he was right for using the words he did, but give me a break, how many places can you go today and not hear a few f-bombs being dropped?

David Staples

June 16th, 2011
10:46 am

Words only have as much power as you give to them. Use whatever language you want… it doesn’t bother me.