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Passengers fling the Delta CEO for suggesting that travelers seek permission before they sit back

‘Are you angry? We PAY to sit back “: Angered passengers hit Delta CEO for suggesting that travelers request permission before replacing their seats

  • Angered passengers slammed Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Airlines
  • He suggested that travelers ask permission before they put seats on planes
  • “I think the right thing to do if you want to sit back is to ask if it’s okay,” he said in a Friday interview with Squawk Box.
  • Comments were in response to a viral video of a man hitting the reclining seat of a woman aboard an American Airlines flight
  • ‘Are you angry? We pay to sit back, “film producer Judd Apatow tweeted Friday
  • A former Delta stewardess said the CEO was wrong and passengers have the right to sit back without asking permission

Angered passengers slammed the Delta Airlines CEO and called for a boycott after he suggested that pilots should request permission before they put their seats back on planes in response to a viral video of two passengers fighting for a lounger.

“I think customers have the right to sit back,” said Ed Bastian, who has been CEO since 2016 CNBC’s Squawk Box on Friday. “[But] I think the right thing to do is to lean back, ask if it’s right first. “

But Delta customers quickly pushed back to the CEO and argued that they pay good money to be able to sit back and not have to ask for permission.

‘Hey @ Delta – no! You want to create a situation where we all have to negotiate and fight each other? Are you angry? We pay to sit back, “film producer Judd Apatow tweeted Friday. “How about huge discounts if the people behind us say no.”

Pissed passengers fling Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Airlines, after he suggested that pilots should request permission before they put down seats on planes in response to a viral video of two passengers fighting for a lounger

Pissed passengers fling Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Airlines, after he suggested that pilots should request permission before they put down seats on planes in response to a viral video of two passengers fighting for a lounger

‘Are you angry? We pay to sit back, “film producer Judd Apatow tweeted Friday

Actress Rosanna Arquette has even called for a boycott of the airline

Actress Rosanna Arquette has even called for a boycott of the airline

Actress Rosanna Arquette has even called for a boycott of the airline

“The airlines crushed more seats on planes and more people on those seats. Taking an etiquette position is a fool, “a Twitter user said

Buzz Patterson, a Republican congress candidate in California, challenged the CEO: “What do you think about this?” You build more space between the sardine-can seats! “

ESPN radio presenter Josh Cohen called Bastian for his hypocrisy and said: “Hey Delta CEO Ed Bastian. A) When did you last advertise? Flew economy?

The CEO’s comments were in response to a viral video that appeared last week and showed two flight passengers on an American Airlines flight, in which a woman leaned back and an angry man repeatedly slammed her in her seat in protest.

Female passenger Wendi Williams filmed the moment she leaned back on the flight from New Orleans to Charlotte on January 31 and the man sitting behind her began to “hit” the back of her seat.

She says she was almost thrown off that flight because she had filmed the bizarre incident.

She told TMZ on Friday that the worst of the “attack” occurred before she started filming it on her cell phone, and that she now wants to identify the man to file charges against him.

Angry passengers now express their frustration on Twitter after Delta’s CEO suggested that asking permission to sit back is a good aircraft etiquette.

Actress Rosanna Arquette has even called for a boycott of the airline.

“Don’t fly with that airline,” said the Pulp Fiction actress.

Buzz Patterson, a Republican congress candidate in California, challenged the CEO: “What do you think about this?” You build more space between the sardine-can seats! “

‘No. No, I don’t. If I buy your chair and lean it back, I will gently and respectfully lean it back, “he tweeted Friday.

ESPN radio presenter Josh Cohen called Bastian for his hypocrisy.

“Hey Delta CEO Ed Bastian. A) When did you last advertise? Flew economy? B) Why do you LINE your seats even if you think we should ask permission from the passenger behind us? C) Why don’t you take a pay cut and remove 3 rows instead? #RECLINEGATE. “

An American Airlines passenger, Wendi Williams, divided social media after embarrassing a fellow traveler who claimed to repeatedly hit her seat as she leaned back

An American Airlines passenger, Wendi Williams, divided social media after embarrassing a fellow traveler who claimed to repeatedly hit her seat as she leaned back

The clip was filmed on a flight from New Orleans to Charlotte

The clip was filmed on a flight from New Orleans to Charlotte

The CEO’s comments were in response to a viral video that appeared last week and showed two flight passengers on an American Airlines flight, in which a woman leaned back and an angry man repeatedly slammed her in her seat in protest

“The airlines crushed more seats on planes and more people on those seats. Taking an etiquette position is a fool, “a Twitter user said.

A Twitter user who claimed to be a former Delta stewardess said the CEO was wrong and passengers have the right to sit back without asking permission.

‘That’s a lie!!! You have paid for a chair that leans back and you do not have to request permission. Then make sure that the seats do not lean back !!! Former stewardess, here! Delta CEO was lying in his office and letting the flight attendants do their dirty work with their customers !! “Twitter user Linda Harris-Boyd said.

Last year Delta reassembled its Airbus A320 jets to reduce the rear transition of the carriage seats from four centimeters to two centimeters. The first-class seats were adjusted to recline only 3.5 inches compared to an earlier 5.5 inch.

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