- The Washington Times - Monday, May 22, 2017

Several United Airlines passengers reportedly chanted “lock him up” as a man wearing a pro-Donald Trump hat was removed from a New Jersey-bound flight for being disruptive.

The flight from Shanghai to Newark was delayed at Pudong International Airport for three hours Sunday after an unidentified passenger wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat refused to take his correct seat, authorities told a New York NBC affiliate.

A man whose father was on the flight told NBC that the man in the hat had asked to be upgraded to first class, but was told no. He then allegedly went to the back of the plane and refused to allow anyone else to sit in his row.

All passengers had to deplane while local officials dealt with the man, who “eventually left the aircraft on his own accord,” a United spokesman told NBC.

Cellphone video captured by a passenger on the flight showed some passengers shouting “lock him up,” a play on President Trump’s campaign slogan against Hillary Clinton, as the man in the hat was escorted off the plane.

The flight, which was scheduled to arrive in Newark at 6:15 p.m. on Sunday, didn’t land until 2:22 a.m. Monday after making an unscheduled stop in San Francisco to switch out the crew, the airline said.

United thanked its customers for their patience and its staff for its professionalism, NBC reported.


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