A man wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat was removed from a United Airlines flight in Shanghai.
Because of the 7-hour delay the flight needed a new crew in San Francisco before continuing to Newark.
“The man wanted to sit in the whole row by himself,” He refused to let anyone sit beside him.
“He berated a female passenger,” “I think he called her Hillary. Then he called her a lesbian. I think he called a stewardess ‘sweetheart.’ ”
The man became “increasingly disruptive when asked to deplane,” a United spokesman said in a brief statement. “Local law enforcement was called to assist.”
Police had no more luck persuading him than anyone else. So every other passenger had to return to the terminal and wait for the officers to remove him from the plane that took another two hours.
When the man finally emerged from the plane, escorted by police the whole incident took on a very electoral vibe.
People then shouted words unprintable. And one shouted: “Lock him up!”
Then another, and another. “Lock him up, lock him up” — until a Chinese airport terminal sounded much like a latter-day Trump rally, when he and his crowds threatened his presidential campaign opponent, Hillary Clinton, with prison.
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