A United Airlines flight attendant just gave new meaning to the term “We fly high!”
A few days ago, the actions of an employee on a United Airlines flight had the company scrambling to make up for their behavior. The issue began when UA began receiving complaints that one of their flight attendants appeared to be inebriated during a flight, with one passenger complaining about the employee’s behavior in a since-deleted tweet.
Erika Gorman tweeted about her trip from Denver to Williston, North Dakota, typing, “Thanks United, for a terrifying flight!”
Erika, this is concerning. Please send us a DM with your confirmation number and more details on what happened today. We are looking into this. ^NA https://t.co/Y6hG6uklaR
— United Airlines (@united) May 3, 2018
“Drunk” or “stoned stewardess endangering lives” quickly became the headline several news outlets posted. NBC also reported the boarding announcements for the flight were as follows:
To make up for the flight attendants seemingly erratic behavior, United Airlines reimbursed every passenger that flew the memorable flight. United Airlines released this statement to People.com with the following:
“We are aware of a concerning incident involving a flight attendant serving on our regional service provider Trans States Airlines flight 4689. As a gesture of goodwill, we have compensated all customers aboard the flight and we apologize for any inconvenience or distress this may have caused.”
Not everyone is buying the story, though. Twitter was a little more conflicted about the reports that ended with police “waiting at the door” for the stewardess when the flight landed in North Dakota. Reportedly, the concerned passenger made her way to the cockpit to complain about the unacceptable and disturbing behavior. Tweeters were quick to pick Gorman’s story apart. Consider the fact that, with the new flight regulations in mind, most cockpits are locked and closed off to passengers. How did she even get the opportunity to speak to a pilot anyway? Some believe she was exaggerating for press and attention. Others rallied to her defense supplying more details and facts to the story.
Take a look at the comments and decide for yourself:
Of course. No way she’d ever get access to the flight deck… but if you’re going to go for 15 minutes of fame on Twitter… don’t exaggerate events so bad that you have to delete your tweet.
— Oldrow Pillz (@OldrowPillz) May 5, 2018
Is this "fake news" looks like the author deleted their post but you can trust me. pic.twitter.com/b0XBIPPbmS
— Devnull44 (@Devnull44) May 5, 2018
— Oldrow Pillz (@OldrowPillz) May 4, 2018
I believe she picked up the phone outside the flightdeck and called the pilots.
— Susan c Taylor (@suetay45) May 5, 2018
Disgraceful and tasteless to pist a picture if the flight attendant like that without even having the slightest idea of what was wrong, and just assuming she was drunk… and even if she was, what gives u the right to shame her that way and possibly ruining her life! #ActOfaBully
— Greg (@SksThaLimit) May 6, 2018
And this classic response:
— Chumpy! (@chump_dick) May 5, 2018