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

Enter your comments here

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.

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.

Baddabing

June 13th, 2011
3:59 pm

Jeremy – You are an f—– idiot!! Freakin’ idiot, there I said it.

BeachBum

June 13th, 2011
4:01 pm

In the words of a very wise friend: “Curse words are a small person’s way of trying to sound big.”

Br00kse

June 13th, 2011
4:06 pm

I agree that he didn’t need to use profanity. Did the Flight Attendant ask him not to use that type language? I think they could handle it another way versus putting him off the plane. I am hoping that all the details have not come out yet.

angrymeatball

June 13th, 2011
4:07 pm

The F word no longer holds the profanity it once did — everything in this country has become weak and watered down. We have allowed so many to lose their manners, values, morals and integrity. We have become a country of foul-mouthed, disrespectful, gun-toting, killing, violent morons. I’m glad this idiot was kicked off the plane.

Baddabing

June 13th, 2011
4:08 pm

Pauline -

You are a f—– idiot as well. And it’s bleeding ears not bleeding hearts sweetcakes. Your the panty wetting bleeding heart.

Greg

June 13th, 2011
4:11 pm

This is insane…he should sue and should win big! …and the flight attendant should be fired. This is a free country–there’s nothing wrong with using profanity.

Zack

June 13th, 2011
4:13 pm

The flight attendant must have been an ol’ southern girl. Them there yankees can’t say nuttin without using them there f words.

chris

June 13th, 2011
4:13 pm

hard to say not being there but if he seemed out of sorts and irate, he shouldn’t be allowed to go. IF he simply cussed – well that shouldn’t require removal. I am betting he was acting out.

Momof2girls

June 13th, 2011
4:15 pm

Amazed that a “children’s author” can’t express himself any better than that! He could have expressed himself without the F-word and still got his point across! Freedom of speech my azz. There are tons of places we go in all the time that limits your language. Hats off to the airline for saying not on our plane!

Zack

June 13th, 2011
4:16 pm

In some states it is against the law to curse in front of children under a certain age. Georgia just happens to be one of them..

Mark

June 13th, 2011
4:17 pm

Good for ASA. All you Freedom of Speechers, you are way of base. The 1st amendment basically says the gov’t can’t throw you in jail for dropping the f bomb. It doesn’t mean the airline can’t kick you off the plane. In fact, when you purchase the ticket, I’m sure we agree to many terms and conditions which include kicking us off the plane for basically any reason as the airline sees fit. And as they should. I have a 2 year old daughter and I’m am not looking forward to having to explain all the foul language, etc people use in public.

A.S.Mathew

June 13th, 2011
4:19 pm

Let him use the “F” word in his bathroom or bedroom, not inside the plane.

pygmalion

June 13th, 2011
4:20 pm

uh, who writes these photo captions?? I’m, well, at a loss for words…

Mark

June 13th, 2011
4:22 pm

@ Greg. Really? Really?

steverino

June 13th, 2011
4:23 pm

DarkBrown:
“bein uneducated is truly representative”
…of BEING uneducated.
Thanks for proving the point

L. Adams

June 13th, 2011
4:25 pm

There has to be more to this story. Even if it is bad form to use profanity in a public setting, it seems like a stretch to throw someone off of the aircraft as a result… Unless the person is being disruptive or otherwise a danger to himself, fellow passengers, or crew.

Crambone

June 13th, 2011
4:26 pm

Just shut the F-up and let them do their jobs. They should have thrown you out in mid-flight.

Ken

June 13th, 2011
4:41 pm

Cursing is the linguistic crutch of an inarticulate m*****f***er.

Yvonne

June 13th, 2011
4:48 pm

As a society we have become far to passive to the filthy language people throw out these days. I applaude both the flight attendant and the airline. What he did was unacceptable, inconsiderate, disrespectful, and disgusting. This is not a “freedom of Speech” issue and only a dim witted fool would try to pass it off as that. It was a voilation of the rights of every person around him who had to sit there and endure his angry outburst. He is supposed to be an adult, and yet he is to be allowed to throw a tantrum on the plane like a two year old – and not expect to be disclipined? I am hoping parents across the US hear about this and refuse to buy his books. I also hope that the next time he decides to open his mouth in public he thinks about it, first. And that goes for those who support what he has done as well. The bottom line – he got what he had coming!

sr88

June 13th, 2011
5:06 pm

Dont Curse in the South—Got a Titty-Joint an Church on every corner.How 2-Faced is THAT!

jt

June 13th, 2011
5:12 pm

Anyone here ever heard of a little ditty called the first amendment to the US Constitution,’Freedom Of Speech’? This is clearly an abuse of power to forcibly remove a disruptive passenger.Common sense,Hello? You southern fried yahoos really need to work out your childhood ‘Im a no-good,dirty sinner!!’ guilt issues and mind your own grubby little business…

Its not our fault that all YALL’s sports teams have always sucked.

Bleep

June 13th, 2011
5:13 pm

Don’t kick em off the plane, turn it into a new revenue source – an obscenity fee.

Passenger: stewardess bring me a (bleep)ing pillow.
Stewardess: here you are sir, that’ll be $10 for the pillow and $50 for the adjective.

Yvonne

June 13th, 2011
5:15 pm

Well Ted Striker, I hope he wastes a ton of money trying to sue the airline and then has to face he was in the wrong all along! You miss the point! He was a drunken, hungover jerk who got what he deserved! Or are you one of those beligerent fools who doesn’t learn by watching one of the other fools get taken down? Are you going to be the next fool taken off the plane? I can only hope!

j

June 13th, 2011
5:19 pm

freedom of speech is the right ot speak out against your government

jt

June 13th, 2011
5:21 pm

The article makes no mention of drinking, Hangovers,or any other rehashed summer movies.say three hail Marys and have a margarita…

jt

June 13th, 2011
5:25 pm

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Wrong,it doesnt specify.

Steve

June 13th, 2011
5:33 pm

Businesses always have the right to refuse service to rude customers. Way to go Atlantic SE.

KansasGirl

June 13th, 2011
5:35 pm

Total lack of class. His parents must be so proud. Pffft.

jt

June 13th, 2011
5:43 pm

Yeah!! That no good ‘cusser’!!! Hes Bad!!

Go Seal Team Six!!!

CapnLouie

June 13th, 2011
5:54 pm

I think anyone who can claim to stand around in either New York or Atlanta and not hear the F-ing word is either ignoring what he hears, or is being disingenuous. It’s said all the time. Bono got away with saying it on TV, and the FCC said it was just a word, but this cat is treated like he lit a fuse to something. I had small children once, and although I disliked hearing such expletives used around them, I did not shield them from it, and pretend they didn’t exist. It’s a teaching moment. People who do not want their children exposed to the real world, then keep them at home, and only take them to church on Sundays.
People who treat that word as a threat should not be permitted to work in the public. Sorry if you were “offended” by it, but that doesn’t change the fact that if you are that immature to go into panic mode at the sound of a commonly-used word, then you should have been the one removed from the plane, not the passenger.

Free Speech?

June 13th, 2011
6:02 pm

While what he did would be offensive, it is not reason to remove him from a paid seat. They surely overracted. This IS America and we do have Freedom of Speech. Well, with this administration on Capital Hill I guess even that is dicey these days along with the rest of our freedoms.

poedoldman

June 13th, 2011
6:02 pm

CapnLouie, if you think it is okay to say it anytime, whats with the f-ing in your post. Be a man and say it. Oh, is it against the rules? Same applies on an airplane, in a store, in my house – the owner gets to set the rules. Break them and pay the price. Case closed.

mhs

June 13th, 2011
6:12 pm

CapnLouie

June 13th, 2011
5:54 pm
———————
Your an idiot but I guess you already know that.

FoulMouth

June 13th, 2011
6:18 pm

Ok first off, the fact that people are saying they don’t want profanity and I can understand that. But what if all you people complaining about profanity got your way and a law was made to make it illegal? What’s next? Maybe they should make a law about complaining in public? Can you honestly say that everyone should have their way? I hate seeing self righteous loud mouths complaining about other loud mouthed people. Hippocrates……..

Melissa

June 13th, 2011
6:32 pm

Using such language is a sign of ignorance. Patience is a virtue. That kind of attitude won’t make you get there any faster.

Kaygeeone

June 13th, 2011
6:41 pm

Hey “Casey”….”F” you. Take your dictionary and proper English etiquette lessons and stick the up your . It’s still a free country. Ever heard of “Freedom of Speech?” I hear language I don’t care for, but it’s the other person’s right. I don’t care for my children hearing at a baseball game a foul mouthed, drunken jerk….but this is still America….right? Get over it jerk wagon.

Starla

June 13th, 2011
6:44 pm

Oh for crying out loud!!! Did they ask him to stop cussing? Did they warn him he was going to get tossed off the plane if he didn’t stop before they did so? If not, they over-reacted. I personally think using profanity shows disrespect to those around you and shows that you have no respect for yourself and should not be tolerated in public except at maybe a dog fight or Jerry Springer show which no self-respecting person would go to anyway.

MECQ

June 13th, 2011
6:48 pm

He has the constitutional right to say whatever he choses. Unfortunately, our supposed rights to free speech have come under fire since the previous administration instituted the “Patriot Act”, which essentially challenges your rights. the only one that seems to have escaped scrutiny is the 2nd amendment that allows you the “Right to bear Arms”. That benefits the most powerful lobbyist on the hill. I could see if he ‘d made reference to a bomb. Another thing is that I can relate to him being frustrated because the Airlines have made it practically imposible to have an enjoyable flght due to all the fees they are shoving down our throats. I’m offended that so many people chose to bring their suitcases on the plane and shove them into the overhead bins. Not only is that creating a dangerous situation, in case of tubulance, but it’s inconsiderate of others. Delta also has the rudest,most unprofessional Flight Attendants in the air. if you’re not in First or Business Class they could care less. SouthWest Airlines in the ATL market is going to be sobering for the omnipotent DL and their entitled employees.

Ben

June 13th, 2011
7:07 pm

This self proclaimed big shot can’t take having anyone question anything they choose to do or say. I was on that plane and I applaud the flight attendant and the air line for booting his irritating butt to the curb.

Brenton

June 13th, 2011
7:12 pm

That’s just F******!

sr88

June 13th, 2011
8:00 pm

Glad this guy is White.Neva hears da ends ofs it iffin heze beze Black! MF’N dis,MF’N dats Tanks yu Tank Yu———————-

mark

June 13th, 2011
8:33 pm

the last time i heard,this is a free FU**ING country!!! you don’t like it,too FU**ING bad!! i hope the flight attendent loses her job and has to FU** for a living!!!!!

Dano

June 13th, 2011
9:56 pm

Profanity:::: the futile attempt of a mighty mouth trying to compensate for a meager mind….booting his butt was te right thing to do and if there were children or ladies present ..he should be missing a few chiclets

margaret

June 13th, 2011
10:23 pm

seems to me a few years back someone spent some time in jail because he swore while canoeing in Michigan.. I think this jerk shoulda too!!! Maybe next he’ll think before the does that!! He was probably talking on his cellphone and couldn’t hear the announcement that there was a issue with the overheard compartment.. and if what he says is true.. why was he still swearing when they had already pushed from the gate?? He said it himself that the aircraft returned to the gate…

Neu Yawka

June 13th, 2011
11:01 pm

As for those of you who want to remark about the education level of people who use profanity……F&%$ YOU! I have a J.D. from a very prestigious school in the Midwest. I do not condone dropping the f-bomb in front of children, but if you are an adult, and cannot handle hearing a certain word without being offended, here is some advice: GROW UP. I blame your parents for your sheltered upbringing, and your lack of exposure to culture. You wouldn’t last 5 minutes on the street.

The King

June 14th, 2011
12:01 am

@ Yawka: “I blame your parents for your sheltered upbringing, and your lack of exposure to culture.”
hmm… If being sheltered means not exposing a four year old to F-bombs, I’m all for the child being “sheltered”. As far as culture, maybe on planet retard dropping F-bombs is an “exposure to culture”.
However, civil people have little use for F-bombs.
Oh, it appears that you are rather proud of your Juris Doctorate, sorry, lawyers are a dime a dozen.
You can add fries to my quarter pounder.

The simple fact is Yawka, you have no cooth.

Non-Redneck

June 14th, 2011
3:42 am

What a bunch of babies you all are. Cussing happens. Big damn deal.

North

June 14th, 2011
7:02 am

It’s not recorded whether the man was even warned his language could be grounds for removal. And I didn’t know any airline had rules about expletives. It seemed he wasn’t shouting the word to disrupt the flight, instead, as he noted, using the expletive as an adjective. Seems to me the airline went overboard, and I hope the man gets lots of money from his lawsuit.

North

June 14th, 2011
7:05 am

Dano wrote “if there were children or ladies present..he should be missing a few chiclets”. That’s not being polite; that’s being bigoted. Why should women need to be protected from expletives? Are you likening their state to that of children? The reason for chivalry was that women were viewed as children, not able to handle their own affairs. F*** that and bring on the expletives!

Daniela

June 14th, 2011
7:13 am

I don’t appreciate people swearing in public places -especially when there are children’s ear close by. Grow up and think about others other than yourself. Find some new adjectives!!!

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.

 ↓

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.