A black woman was forced off of a Delta Air Lines flight at Fort Wayne International Airport after a spat with a flight attendant over whether or not her phone was in airplane mode.
Three additional adult passengers, were booted from the flight after they stepped in to defend the woman on Saturday, June 23. One of them was travelling with a child who was also forced to leave the plane.
Robyn Rodgers of New York said in an Instagram post that she had boarded the plane in Indiana when she was “unfairly ejected” from Delta flight 4527.
Rodgers claims a flight attendant “rudely” instructed her to place her phone in airplane mode before the aircraft could take off.
She claims she obliged while the flight attendant “menacingly stood over me with her arms folded waiting for me to do it.”
A spat ensued, with the flight attendant claiming she instructed the passenger to change her settings “several times.”
Rodgers claims she was asked just once.
A customer seated across the aisle began filming the altercation, and even stepped into defend Rodgers.
A Latina woman seated two rows ahead also became involved, before the plane returned to the gate and a total of five passengers were booted from the flight, according to Rodgers.
The Delta Connections flight was operated by SkyWest Airlines.
SkyWest Airlines spokesperson Marissa Snow told the Daily News the airline is investigating the incident.
“We take all allegations of discrimination seriously and are reviewing reports from SkyWest flight 4527 operating as Delta Connection. We are disappointed that our customers had this experience and are working with our partner Delta to follow up directly with the customers involved,” the statement read.
Rodgers said Wednesday that none of the displaced passengers were provided with overnight accommodations and that she has yet to hear from the airline.