The woman, who had tears streaming down her face, had reportedly not heard a male flight attendant who asked her to sit down so that the aisle could be cleared before take-off.
This is the moment passengers on an American Airlines flight ‘booed’ the crew after a sobbing woman was kicked off the plane because she apparently did not hear an instruction to sit down.
Footage captured on-board Flight 408 to Portland, Oregon, shows the unidentified passenger pleading with a female flight attendant after being told she needed to ‘come off the aircraft’.
She subsequently complained to the female attendant about her ‘rude’ colleague, according to 9News. This attendant then ordered her to leave the plane, passengers told the news site.
In the footage, taken by passenger Bill Byrne, who was sitting one row behind the woman, the unnamed female attendant can be heard saying: ‘I need to have you come off the aircraft.’
In response, the woman cries: ‘You’re so mean to me. I didn’t do anything.’
The attendant – who is off-screen – then repeats: ‘I’m sorry I have to have you come off the aircraft.’
At this point, the woman asks: ‘Are you serious?’, to which the attendant replies with a threat of police action if the passenger does not agree to leave the plane, according to KATU.com.
The woman then weeps: ‘This can’t be legal, I seriously didn’t do anything.’
‘This can’t be legal’: The woman (seen leaving the plane with tears streaming down her face) had reportedly not heard a male flight attendant who had asked her to sit down so the aisle could be cleared before take off
Support: Passengers seated near the front of the plane (left) can be heard defending the woman by ‘booing’. Right, flier Bill Byrne, who was sitting one row behind the woman and captured the footage on his phone
Passengers seated near the front of the plane can be heard defending the woman, with many saying it is the last time they will fly with the airline.
‘Never again,’ one male flier vows.
Another tells crew members: ‘You just lost a lot of customers.’
As the tearful woman finally gets up to leave the plane, the passengers then begin to boo.
‘Scr*w this airline!’ one man shouts as more passengers join in.
Speaking to KATU.com, Mr Byrne, who recorded the incident on his cell phone, said: ‘I’ve seen people who deserve that, but never actually seen somebody thrown off a plane.’
Investigation: An American Airlines spokesman said the airline is investigating the incident (file picture)
He added: ‘It was nuts, and that poor woman was so upset.
‘She handled it well, but you could tell it was super-embarrassing for her.’
After her ejection, the woman was apparently rebooked on to the next flight to Portland.
An American Airlines spokesman told MailOnline: ‘We are currently investigating the incident in question but the passenger was booked on the next available flight.’