Brooklyn Man Thrown Off Plane For Cursing Is Considering Legal Action

Jun 13, 2011

Robert Sayegh, a 37-year-old Brooklyn man, was kicked off a plane for using the f-word two times. The Detroit Free Press reports that Sayegh was on a Delta Connect flight after his cousin's wedding in Kansas City on Sunday. The flight was 45 minutes delayed, when Sayegh complained to a fellow passenger using the expletive:

"It's ridiculous and embarrassing," the television producer and children's book author said this morning from his home in Brooklyn. "I was just kind of talking to the guy sitting next to me. I said 'What is taking so long?' I said "What the 'F' is going on?' " Sayegh said. "I could see if I directed it at (the flight attendant), but I didn't even speak to him."

Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 5136, which had been taxiing on the runway, turned around and Detroit Metro Airport Police boarded the plane to escort Sayegh off.

Atlantic Southeast operates flights for Delta Connect. The airline is investigating the incident, reports the Detroit News. They told the paper that Sayegh was accommodated on a later flight. The paper reports that Sayegh is thinking of suing the airline:

Sayegh said he was told only after he left the plane that he was removed for being "disruptive," and airport police never filed a report.

"It wasn't like I stood up like a crazy maniac and was screaming, 'Move the plane!'" said Sayegh, who said he grew up in Brooklyn where "we curse as adjectives."

Sayegh told the News that he was not drunk, just hungover.

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