Despite a history of positioning himself on the side of the average airline passenger, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) made clear yet again this Sunday that he believes the rules don’t apply to him as he found himself in yet another publicized air rage incident.
According to Politico this morning, “[t]he notoriously chatty New York Democrat referred to a flight attendant as a ‘bitch’ after she ordered him to turn off his phone before takeoff.”
The story continued:
Schumer and his seatmate, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), were chatting on their phones before takeoff when an announcement indicated that it was time to turn off the phones….The flight attendant said he was obliged to turn it off whenever a flight attendant asked. “He argued with her about the rule,” the source said. “She said she doesn’t make the rules, she just follows them.” When the flight attendant walked away, the witness says Schumer turned to Gillibrand and uttered the B-word.
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Yet, this isn’t the first time Senator Schumer has displayed a sense of entitlement when it comes to his airline travel. Earlier this year, the Washington Post reported that Schumer, who was running late for a vote in Washington, harassed US Airways personnel into having his flight depart 16 minutes early, which left a number of his fellow passengers stranded in the La Guardia airport terminal.
The security line was clogged when word came over the PA system at 12:30 announcing “last call” for the shuttle. People hustled to get on their shoes, rushing with their bags to the gate. Airline folks let some people trickle in to be seated on the fairly full plane, but it seemed to our source that a few stragglers were left behind. What was the rush? Seems the senior senator from New York, Charles E. Schumer (D), needed to get to Washington in time for an important — and unusual — 2 p.m. vote on public lands legislation and asked that the plane take off early.
Remarkably, this is the same Senator Schumer who has been urging Congress to pass an airline “passenger bill of rights” and said this to the New York Daily News in 2008 – “The least we can do is make sure passengers are treated respectfully, correctly and to some degree of decency and dignity…”
“It’s often said that the most dangerous place to be in Washington or New York is between Chuck Schumer and a TV camera, but it’s increasingly clear that a close second is when someone has the gall to ask the Senator to follow the same rules that every other airline passenger must follow,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokesman Brian Walsh. “Displaying an arrogant sense of entitlement is one thing though – cursing at a flight attendant and using your position as a Senator to get a flight to leave early are quite another. These are actions which clearly cross the line.”
“Senator Schumer owes an immediate apology to the flight attendant who was simply doing her job and to the passengers around him who had to witness his boorish behavior. We also hope his fellow Senator and passenger Kirsten Gillibrand will rightly condemn these actions by her colleague,” Walsh concluded.