Conservative columnist Ann Coulter called Delta Air Lines “the worst airline in America” after the carrier reportedly gave her seat away.
Donald Trump is not the only conservative prone to Twitterstorms.
Right-wing columnist and pundit Ann Coulter raised hackles after an outburst of reactive tweets, in her case after a dispute arising from a seat reassignment on a Delta flight from New York City to Florida on Saturday.
Coulter’s tirade was sparked when the author was asked to move from a seat she had pre-booked in an exit row to a “less desirable seat, without explanation, apology, etc.” She went on to complain about the woman she said had taken her seat, calling her “dachshund-legged,” and later posted a picture of her.
Late Sunday, she posted a tweet containing a picture of Delta jet with the words “We Suck” in a bubble next to it.
Just before, she claimed it had “cost me $10,000 of my time to pre-select the seat I wanted, investigate type of plane & go back periodically to review seat options.”
Early on Monday morning, Coulter was still complaining, saying that “If you thought it was about $30, @Delta, why didn’t you give this woman $30 and let me stay in my PRE-BOOKED, ASSIGNED seat?”
The airline hit back at Coulter:
“Your insults about our other customers and employees are unacceptable and unnecessary,” the airline said in a tweet from its account.
Later, the airline said that it would refund Coulter’s $30 for pre-booking the seat and issued a statement further criticizing Coulter for her comments:
In a press release accompanying the statement, the airline said that “Coulter originally booked seat 15F, which is located by the window in an exit row, however; within 24 hours of the flight’s departure, the customer changed to seat 15D, which is by the aisle. At the time of boarding, Delta inadvertently moved Coulter to 15A, a window seat, when working to accommodate several passengers with seating requests.”
Delta then said that “There was some confusion with seating assignments during boarding,” and that a flight attendant stepped in and asked that all of the passengers move to the seats noted on their respective tickets and that “All customers complied and the flight departed without incident” and that “crew members reported that there were no problems or concerns escalated.”
It was only after the flight landed that Coulter started her social media outburst.
Some of Delta’s ire related to a Coulter tweet in which she imagined a Delta employee questionnaire. “What is your ideal job: Prison guard? Animal handler? Stasi policeman? All of the above: HIRED!”
Coulter was not without support. A person identifying themselves himself as Eddie Scarry tweeted that “Airlines practically got away with hate crimes against their own customers before social media. Good for @AnnCoulter.”
And a man identifying himself as Jonathan Levine declared that he had “never felt more solidarity with @AnnCoulter than I do right now.”
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