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Plane returns to airport after ‘disruptive’ passenger calls flight crew ‘waiter’

A packed flight from New York City was forced to return to JFK Airport shortly after take off after an angry passenger called a crew member “waiter”.

The bizarre incident took place on the flight bound for Georgetown, Guyana, on July 18.

According to Joel Ghansham, the passenger who has now spoken out about the incident, he asked the flight attendant on the American Airlines flight to help put his baggage into the overhead luggage area.

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But, the business class attended refused, and said: “I don't do that, I don't get paid for that.”

Another member of staff saw what happened, came over, apologised and helped out.

But the strange battle continued when the same attendant asked him an hour later if he wanted a drink.

Ghansham sarcastically responded: “No thank you, waiter.”

Shockingly, the bloke replied that he had the “power to turn the plane around”, to which Ghansham said: “You must be God, so you do it.”

And he did…

The pilot announced to all on board that he was turning the plane around, and Ghansham was let off at JFK, before the flight continued on to its destination, with the passenger being accused of arguing and disrupting the flight.

He said: “There was not a disruption – I never got up.

“There was not an argument, there was not a confrontation, nobody touched each other.

“He was wearing a mask, he wasn't even loud.

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“It was just his pride.”

Despite that, an American Airlines spokesman was adamant when commenting to Insider that it was a “difficult situation” and thanked customers and team members for their “understanding and professionalism” in statement.

However, according to the New York Post, Ghansham got an apology letter from AA later on.

It read: “In appreciation for your patience, we have added 10,000 AAdvantage bonus miles to your account.

“We look forward to providing you with a more positive experience in the future

“From all of us at American Airlines, please know that we greatly appreciate you and we hope to see you on board again soon.”

Unsurprisingly, he told NYP that he was “not accepting it”.

It is thought others on board were also given some kind of compensation.

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