Video has been released of a recent skirmish aboard Delta flight 2035 on April 18, when a passenger was kicked off the plane for using the bathroom.
Kima Hamilton, 39, was asked to disembark after he disobeyed a flight attendant’s order to stay in his seat. Complications complying with the order stemmed from Hamilton’s call to nature.
After almost two hours of being delayed on the tarmac in Atlanta on April 18, Hamilton attempted to use the restroom. A flight attendant reminded him that all passengers had been asked to stay in their seats. She informed him that the plane would lose it’s pace in line if he did not return to his seat.
Hamilton did return to his seat, but was forced by his need to promptly make another, this time successful, attempt at bladder relief.
“We weren’t taking off. We were still. The plane isn’t moving,” Hamilton told Milwaukee’s Journal Sentinel. “I don’t normally pee right before I get on the plane, and I’ve never had a problem like this before. I don’t remember drinking an abnormal amount of water.”
Upon returning to his seat a second time, he learned that the fight crew was aware of his activities.
“The pilot came on and said, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, I’m sorry for the inconvenience but we have to return to the gate and remove a passenger’,” Mr Hamilton told the paper. “It escalated to that point that fast.”
Two Delta agents approached Hamilton and asked him to gather his belongings and leave the plane. Hamilton refused, saying he had to return home for a field trip. The DJ/poet is also an artist in residence at a Milwaukee Public School.
As Hamilton spoke to the agents, fellow passenger Krista Rosolino recorded the exchange.
“I’m not really clear on why I’m being asked to leave this plane. I purchased this ticket, I had an emergency. I had to pee,” Mr Hamilton says in the video. “I tried to hold it the first time and you said I absolutely couldn’t and I’m being kicked off the plane?”
Two separate attempts were made by agents to remove him. Eventually, all of the passengers disembarked temporarily after the plane returned to the gate.
In a statement on Wednesday, a Delta rep said:
“Our flight crews are extensively trained to ensure the safety and security of all customers. It is imperative that passengers comply with crew instructions during all phases of flight, especially at the critical points of takeoff and landing.”
Delta refunded part of Hamilton’s ticket cost. He subsequently paid three times the amount he’d been refunded for a Southwest flight. He reportedly made it home around 11pm.
Hamilton says there was no way to avoid being thrown off the plane.
“It was already understood and decided that I was a problem and I was getting kicked off the plane. When I exited, there were FBI agents waiting for me with Delta personnel,” he said.
He credits his calm demeanor for saving him from being placed under arrest.
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