Online Dish: Children's Author Kicked Off Plane After Dropping "F-Bomb"

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WT Bleep?! A children's author is thrown off a plane after dropping an F bomb.

Robert Sayegh, 37, was on his way back to New York from a wedding in Kansas City, when he dropped the F bomb in exasperation. He says he was tired and the flight had already been delayed 45 minutes. He claims a flight attendant heard him saying to another passenger, "What's taking so f*****g long to close the overhead compartments?" Sayegh said he wasn't snapping at anyone in particular and didn't think he was being that loud.

But the flight attendant took offense and the next thing Sayegh knew police boarded the plane and escorted him off for disruptive behavior.

The Detroit News writes "the plane eventually taxied to the runway, but soon returned, where airport police boarded the plane and Sayegh was escorted off."

"I'm like, 'Are they throwing me off the plane?' " Sayegh tells the News. "This is the most ridiculous thing I've ever been through in my life. It's embarrassing."

"I didn't direct it at him," Sayegh said, referring to the flight attendant. "The only reason he heard me was he was sitting in his seat behind me."

'It wasn't like I stood up like a crazy maniac and was screaming, "Move the plane!"'

Atlantic Southeast Airlines, which operates connecting flights for Delta, said in a statement that it is investigating the incident. The airline did confirm that a passenger was removed and then booked onto another flight back to New York a couple of hours later.

"We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused," the airline statement said.

Sayegh has also apologized for offending anyone with his choice of language "I asked the people around me if I was being rude and they said 'No.' If I was this loud disruptive passenger then I'm sure everyone would have been aware of it."

"I don't want to come off like I curse all the time," Sayegh adds to the Free Press, saying it's just the way folks talk in Brooklyn. "We use curse words just like adjectives."

He added that he would never dream of disrupting 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," he said.

Sayegh is considering suing the airlines after all this negative press is the last thing the children's author needs. "The ironic part is I'm putting a children's book out in August so this wasn't the kind of press I was looking for," he added, saying there are no obscenities in the book.

What do you think? Should he have been ejected from the flight?

@DJCBS25 tweets: @maggiesworld I would be beyond P_ _ _ _ d, thats no reason to be kicked off the plane, I can see if he was making a scene... SMH

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