Video: Angry Woman Kicked Off Plane For Harassing Trump Supporter
Jay Dawson February 10th 2017 Entertainment
It's been a turbulent year for airline passengers. With incident after incident of people being dragged of planes, abused, and - thanks, British Airways - not even being able to get on flights, flying as a mode of transport just seems to get worse and worse. But this particular episode took airplane theatrics to an all-new low. This is the moment that shocked an entire cabin full of passengers...
People were settling in before a six-hour flight from Baltimore to Seattle when it all went down. Boarding had only just finished on the Air Alaska flight, and the plane was still sitting at the gate. All of a sudden, a furious commotion erupted. But it wasn't some full-on drunken brawl - it was just one very angry woman, piling abuse after abuse on one poor, innocent man.
Air travel is a highly-charged environment these days, full of weird rules, long delays and impatient customers, and no flight attendant was going to put up with this kind of scene. The crew of the Air Alaska did what they had to do, and did it swiftly, calling the police. They stormed onto the plane and dragged both the woman and her husband off. And the other passengers' reactions were priceless...
Who Was She?
We actually don't know who she was, since her details seem to have been suppressed by the airline. From the video, it's pretty clear that she and her husband are in their late 50s to mid-60s, and we do know that she was a Portland resident trying to make her way home. What's also clear - painfully clear, actually - is that she's also a pretty staunch Democrat supporter.
Which is where the abuse that she dished out all started from. She's a liberal, but not the kind that seems to practice the tolerance they so dogmatically preach. No matter what your political views are, and no matter what their candidate does to marginalized members of society, it didn't give her the right to then bully and belittle another person, let alone a fellow citizen of the United States. It still remains to be seen, though, if she took home that message.
All About Trump
In case you've been in a coma for the last year, or living on an island with only a volleyball for entertainment, it's our duty to inform you that Donald Trump is now the President of America. More than possibly any other leader in the history of the States (although we're quick to forget Reagan, Nixon, Johnson, and Bush), he's divided the population with his sometimes archaic, sometimes wistfully American-Dream-like views.
His presidential campaign, and the aftermath of it up until the present day, has seen mass protests, brawls, name-calling, and a general media frenzy. Not a day has gone by that there's not some new controversy or some new think piece on Where It All Went Wrong. His election has channeled some primal fury on both sides of the political table, and like this incident suggests, these fresh wounds don't look like they'll be healed any time soon.
At the risk of getting arrested ourselves by the TSA, we can only describe the atmosphere of the flight as a powder keg, ready to explode. Most of the passengers were flying home after attending President Trump's inauguration, many of them Republicans and wearing their Trump supporter merchandise. But there were also more than a few there who had gone into Washington as hardcore Democrats, joining the masses who were marching on Capitol Hill. If there was ever a meeting of two so disparate groups, this would have to be it.
When Scott Koteskey got on his flight, he took his window seat next to the woman and her husband. According to later reports by Alaskan Airlines staff, the woman had already been confrontational to a number of passengers in the boarding area. Koteskey didn't know that yet, though, and given the hat he was wearing, he was surprised by the seemingly innocent question the woman put to him: "did you come here to cheer or to protest?"
Koteskey's response was priceless: "I came here to celebrate democracy, ma'am." Not a bad way to try and defuse the situation, except that on this particular person, it didn't work. And that's what we have to remember through all this. No matter what happened - and let's leave the Russian hacking stuff out, it's a red herring - Trump's election was a result of democracy. If you don't like the result, it's kinda too bad. Your fellow citizens decided it for you. If you're really so sore about it, change it for next time.
But like we said, no matter how Koteskey responded, his effort to be civil was doomed from the start. The woman had a bone to pick, triggered by his Trump supporter gear, and she was going to let loose no matter what. So she launched into a tirade that stunned the cabin...
There was no defense against the woman's torrent of fury. Aside from Koteskey's initial response, he was helpless in her tirade. It was all one way - and here are the choicest cuts: "She said it was good that I didn't have children [because] they didn't deserve to be raised by someone like me". "You pretend that you have the moral high ground but you put that man's finger on the nuclear button," she said. "That man doesn't believe in 'climate change.' Do you believe in gravity?"
That wasn't the end of it. In disbelief at his treatment, Koteskey started to record the incident on his phone, as did a few other passengers. "I'm entitled to get drunk and puke in your lap! I'm going to throw up right in your lap! You make me sick! Don't talk to me! Don't look at me! Don't you dare even put your arm on that rest. You disgust me! You should be ashamed of yourself! You are a bigot. You should get off this plane!"
She Just Doesn't Give Up
At this point, she's raised the attention of the cabin crew (along with most of the plane). When they come over to investigate, the woman gets even more furious. At first she demands that Koteskey be removed, on the sole basis that he's a Trump supporter. When that request is (understandably) denied, she refuses to calm down, starting up once again with the stream of bile.
The reaction from the crew is swift and sure. They call the airport police, who come on board and drag both the woman and her husband (who's no doubt not very impressed at the whole situation) off the plane. What else are they going to do? Sure, there's been a few strange incidents in the last year with people being kicked off for no reason, but all in all, the cabin crew do a damn fine job.
The Chants Strike Up
This is where the fun really began. As the woman was taken, kicking and literally screaming off the plane, the passengers started cheering. Some applauded, while a couple more started up a rousing chant of "USA! USA!". These weren't just Republican flunkeys, mind you: the Democrats in the crowd were cheering just as hard. It was almost as much fun - and uniting - as watching Canada go down in the hockey.
What's more, after the older couple were pulled off, another man took the place next to Koteskey. According to Koteskey, the man was a Democrat, and their pleasant exchange was almost the polar opposite of what had just taken place. "[We] had a very good discussion about the beauty of free speech and coming together when people insult and commit acts of violence just for having differing views."
In Praise Of Unity
And there, ladies and gentlemen, is the whole point of this entire ugly scenario. Views differ. That's a fact of life, and a very big fact of political debate. People have a whole range of personal and public reasons, selfish and selfless, for voting for who they think will best do the job. No matter what their candidate proposes to do, or how atrocious they may seem, they are not their voters. The people who vote for them are regular folk, doing what their beliefs tell them to do.
Creating this weird divide between people, just because they voted for someone who you think is wrong, is never going to fix anything. Insulting people and making them doubt their self-worth is never going to help. All it does is make the problem worse, and make their opinions even more entrenched. There's a reason that people voted for Trump, and there's a reason that people voted for Hilary: because people were on the defensive. Because they felt they were underrepresented. And an inclusive society, one which doesn't make people feel like they're less than nothing, will make people listen, think, appreciate, and not desire to smash a system that's not working for them.
All On Video
Whether you agree or disagree, whether you wish that this woman would get a medal or wish she was stripped of her citizenship, there's never been a better time in the world that these sorts of debates can be had. This isn't just something that got the whole aircraft cabin talking - it's something that's lit up the internet. It's something that's become so much bigger than what it started out as.
Both Koteskey and another passenger captured this whole ugly affair, so you can watch it for yourself and learn a thing or two. It's fascinating stuff, especially when you consider how neatly it captures this whole "nation divided" kinda thing. It also really makes you appreciate that some people ignore the warnings about using their cellphone on a plane. Otherwise we would never be able to catch a glimpse of humanity at its most embarrassing.
50 Extraordinary Women You Won't Believe Actually Exist
Luke Chase May 25th 2016 Entertainment
It's likely that the women in your day to day life are pretty "normal" in appearance. So when you see someone whose appearance differs from what you expect it to be, it can be kind of a shock. The ladies in the following slideshow are definitely far from average. Some of these women spent thousands of dollars on plastic surgery, tattoos, or body piercings. Others are born with strange birth defects such as excessive facial hair, a gigantic butt or even an 8 inch tongue. See for yourself!
Lauren Williams: 4 Foot Long Legs
Lauren Williams has the longest-known legs in the United States, with her eye-catching limbs measuring an incredible 49 inches from hip to heel. Lauren's height and long-legged genes can be attributed to her family as her father, mother and twin sisters are all 6ft or taller.
She has US size 11 feet (UK size 10), and revealed that she can find it tricky to buy clothes that fit. When modelling, single Lauren - who has worked on campaigns for global brands such as Nike - does everything from sports and fitness to high fashion and swimwear.
Having played volleyball in college, as well as being extremely active, Lauren also enjoys shooting sporty campaigns. As well as modelling, Lauren works as an educator at a children's museum in Houston and enjoys travelling. When out and about, her striking looks and long limbs mean she gets comments about her legs on a daily basis.
Pixee Fox: Dangerously Small Waist
Swedish born Pixee Fox had already spent more than $80,000 on plastic surgery attempting to sculpt the perfect hourglass figure. But now she has taken her obsession even further by having 6 of her lower ribs removed - so she can shrink her waist to a record-breaking 14 inches. Pixee, from Sweden, said: "People often come up to me and say, "don't take this the wrong way, but you look like a cartoon" - but for me that's a compliment, that's what I want to achieve.
With 6 of her lower ribs removed, Pixee's lower internal organs, including the liver, have lost some of their natural protection - but she isn't worried. She said: "Before if I was in a car crash I would normally break my ribs. If that happened now I'm probably going to break my spleen instead. In total she has had four rhinoplasties costing $14,000; four breast augmentations of 200cc, 525cc, 800cc and 1400cc costing $28,500; two rounds of liposuction at $5,000; two upper eyelid surgeries at $6,000; a labiaplasty costing $4,000; a Brazilian butt lift at $9,000 and cool-sculpting, cheek injections, and lip injections at about $12,000.
Bethany Hamilton: One Armed Pro Surfer
Bethany Meilani Hamilton-Dirks is an American professional surfer who survived a 2003 shark attack in which her left arm was bitten off, but ultimately returned to-and was victorious in-professional surfing. On October 31, 2003 Hamilton, aged 13 at the time, went for a morning surf along Tunnels Beach, Kauai, with best friend Alana Blanchard, Alana's father, Holt, and brother Byron. Around 7:30 a.m., with numerous turtles in the area, she was lying on her surfboard with her left arm dangling in the water, when a 14-foot tiger shark attacked her, severing her left arm just below the shoulder.
Despite the trauma of the incident, Hamilton was determined to return to surfing. Three weeks after the incident, she returned to her board. Initially, she adopted a custom-made board that was longer and slightly thicker than standard and had a handle for her right arm, making it easier to paddle, and she learned to kick more to make up for the loss of her left arm. After teaching herself to surf with one arm, on January 10, 2004, she entered a major competition. She now uses standard competitive performance short-boards. The broken surfboard that Hamilton was riding during the attack is on display at the California Surf Museum
Mayra Hills: World's Largest Fake Breasts
Mayra Hills - also known as Beshine - measures at 59-28-36 and says she's the proud owner of the world's largest fake breasts. And it's not hard to believe her claim to fame, considering each of her breasts have 10,000 cc of saline implants and weigh 20 pounds a piece! As you can imagine, it's difficult for Beshine, who wears a size 32Z bra, to find clothes that fit, so the German-born woman has a lot of her items custom-made.
But bra shopping isn't her only woe. She can no longer tie her own shoes and has run into trouble when she's knocked things over with her chest - but it appears she's satisfied with her body, troubles and all. "Some people maybe think the sheer size of my t-ts bring too many handicaps in my everyday life, but hey, having big boob problems is amazing," she wrote on her blog.
Anastasiya Shpagina: Real Life Anime Girl
It's official, this real-life anime trend has gotten completely out of hand. Hardly a day goes by that we don't stumble upon some photos of girls going to any lengths in order to look like real live anime characters. Today's example, Anastasiya Shpagina, an Ukrainian girl who has even taken a Japanese name - Fukkacumi. 19-year-old Anastasiya (Nastya) Shpagina has been called "the new Barbie" by national news outlets, but she later revealed she's striving to become a real-life Japanese anime character, not a doll. She even posted "I am not like a doll, a doll is like me."
Apparently, Nastya has been passionate about makeup even as a young child, always experimenting with it in the mirror. Over time she also developed a thing for Japanese cartoons and it was only a matter of time before she started using her make-up artist skills to transform herself into a real-life anime girl. But just putting on makeup wasn't enough to attain that coveted look, so she decided to lose weight in order to seem more genuine. At 1.58-meters-tall, Anastasiya weighs just 39 kilos and is trying to lose one more in order to look just right.
Chanel Tapper: World's Longest Tongue
The longest female tongue measures 9.75 cm (3.8 in) from the tip to the middle of lip and was achieved by Chanel Tappe on 29 September 2010. Chanel, from Houston, US, shot to fame aged 13 when she was spotted sticking out her monster tongue in a YouTube video. In September Guinness invited Chanel to Los Angeles where they measured her tongue and she narrowly beat two other female contenders to the record.
She said: "I have always been silly and goofy. I love sticking my tongue out at people. I started doing that back in school. I've never had a problem with having a long tongue, it's just fun." Chanel now has set her sights set on Hollywood after finishing her studies. She said: "I'd love to be in a movie. I'm certainly pretty dramatic, so I think I could have the acting gift. "Really, I'd love to meet Adam Sandler, he's my favorite."
Sarah Massey: World's Largest Butt
Sarah Massey would be just another 33-year-old mother-of-two from Chicago - if it weren't for the fact that she also happens to have the world's biggest butt. Though not officially recognized by the prudes at Guinness, Massey's massive 7-foot wide keister requires a pair of 10XL trousers that would comfortably fit all of the Kardashian sisters combined.
Massey insists the condition that resulted in her museum-sized bubble butt is hereditary - "there's nothing I can do about it," she says - but that her love of ice cream certainly contributed to its maintenance. Massey would still like to lose some weight, but says she now has a new-found appreciation for her natural assets, and fervently defends them against anyone who calls them fake. "Some people can't believe one person can have this much butt," she told Barcroft. "Because I've got a relatively small frame on top they say, 'that can't be real.' I carry this weight with me all the time, everywhere I go, it's definitely not fake. Big booties are just in my blood."
Zlata: Extreme Flexibility
Russian-born former gymnast Zlata, 29, posed in leather and lingerie to adopt a series of poses that seem to defy every law of biology. Zlata, who now lives in Germany, is able to create astounding shapes with her body and is so flexible she can cram herself into a 50cm square box. One of her favorite acts is to bend backwards at a 90 degree angle, so the back half of her hands touch her feet and she can also peer through her own legs from behind.
Zlata's gift of flexibility was discovered when she was four years old and by six she was training as a contortionist at a circus school. She has a rare condition which makes all her tendons extremely pliable, which helps in her profession. The former gymnast now spends most of her day working out and training for shows around the world. In 2011 she set the Guinness World Record for the most beer bottles opened in a minute using only your feet.
Kim Goodman: Eyeball Protrusion
Kim Goodman is a woman who is able to pop her eyes out of her eye sockets by 12 millimeters (0.47 inches). She holds the world record for the farthest eyeball protrusion. She lives in Chicago, Illinois. She discovered her eyeball popping talent one day when she was hit on the head with a hockey mask. Her eyeballs popped out much further than usual and ever since that day she could pop them out on cue, as well as when she yawns.
She has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. In 2004, Goodman was included by Guinness World Records in their 50th anniversary list of top ten "feats" of all time. Kim originally had the record for being able to extend her eye balls beyond her eye sockets by 10mm. This was matched a few years by a new contender, but when Kim was re-measured she found she could now reach 12mm - breaking her own record and keeping the title.
Natalia Partyka: One Armed Table Tennis Champ
Natalia Partyka (born 27 July 1989) is a Polish table tennis player. Born without a right hand and forearm, she participates in competitions for able-bodied athletes as well as in competitions for athletes with disabilities. Partyka reached the last 32 of the London 2012 Olympic women's table tennis. Partyka began playing table tennis at the age of seven. She won her first international table tennis medal in 1999 at the disabled World Championships. At the age of 11, she competed at the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney, becoming the world's youngest ever Paralympian. In 2004, she won a gold medal in the singles event and silver in the team event at the Athens Paralympics.
Partyka competed for Poland both the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing - one of only two athletes to do so, the other being Natalie du Toit in swimming. They were her third Paralympic Games, and her first Olympics. Competing in class 10 at the Beijing Paralympics, she won gold by defeating China's Fan Lei by three sets to nil. In 2008, she won a gold medal in the singles event and a silver in the team event at the Beijing Paralympics, repeating her Athens Paralympics result.