NBC News reports the regional airline is looking into the incident after it was informally documented online by an ESPN reporter.
Argument Started Over Seat Switching Policies
ESPN “SportsCenter” reporter and anchor Ashley Brewer was a passenger aboard American Airlines Flight 4680, departing Los Angeles for Houston. What was supposed to be a routine flight ended up getting pushed back when two attendants got into an argument.
@ashleyebrewer Aint nobody got time for that @americanair #petty #rude #delayed #dramatiktok ♬ original sound – Ashley Brewer
According to Brewer’s account, the two began arguing when a passenger seated in first class asked if she could switch with a passenger in the economy cabin so she could sit next to her husband. The male flight attendant agreed to making the change, while a female flight attendant claimed it was against policy.
The discussion allegedly turned into a full argument, which led to the two employees refusing to work with each other. Brewer said in a video posted to TikTok she approached the female attendant to check if she was okay, to which the employee reportedly stated: “I’m not flying with him.”
Guys. My flight can’t take off bc 2 flight attendants got in a fight and now are REFUSING to work together. Now were delayed. We’re sitting here waiting for them to talk it out but nope! Lady wont budge. She reopened the door and all…I can’t believe this is real life
— Ashley Brewer (@ESPNAshley) March 12, 2023
Brewer’s description went on to say that both the pilots and other employees tried to intervene to get the flight moving. Instead, both were removed off the aircraft, and Brewer claimed it took nearly two hours to get another crew for the flight. However, data from FlightAware suggests the delay was closer to one hour.
In a statement to NBC News, SkyWest acknowledged the incident, and apologized to those flyers affected by the incident. For Brewer, she said the flight cut off two hours from her 24-hour visit with her fiancée in Houston.
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