A man wearing a 'Make America Great Again' hat delayed a flight for several hours on Sunday after he took a seat that did not belong to him and refused to move.
A spokesperson for the airlines said the elderly man at the center of the controversy sat down in the wrong seat on an international flight from Shanghai, China, to Newark, New Jersey, and then refused to comply with crew instructions for hours, according to WESH.
Passenger Clark Gredoña shared multiple photos and videos of the incident on Facebook, along with a detailed account of the events that he says transpired on United flight 87.
"Already delayed an hour coming out of Shanghai to EWR when an older man in my row with a 'Make America Great Again' hat decides to make a ruckus and delay everybody else," Gredoña wrote.
"He insists that, because he couldn't get an upgrade, he's entitled to all three seats next to him even though they're assigned to somebody else."
According to Gredoña, the plane's pilot, multiple crew members and several airport staff members approached the man to diffuse the situation.
The disgruntled passenger allegedly replied that they'd "have to drag him off the plane" before he agreed to move.
Gredoña says that hours later, the man finally relented, "but not before berating some female passengers and crew," calling one passenger "Hillary" and another a "lesbian."
Cellphone video obtained by NBC shows a crowd of excited travelers shouting "Lock him up!" as the man was escorted off the plane and back to the boarding gate by local authorities.
Unfortunately, the five hour delay in Shanghai forced an unplanned layover in San Francisco so the plane could switch crew members.
Gothamist reports that the weary travelers ultimately reached their final destination at 2:18 a.m., with an extra 8 hours tacked onto an already grueling 14.5-hour flight.
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