Conservative commentator Ann Coulter seems to have done something no one thought possible: she has encouraged people to defend an airline that was only making headlines for its unsatisfactory customer service and inappropriate behavior.
Coulter took her anger to a new level minutes later when she tweeted a picture of a female passenger who apparently got the seat on the New York-to-Florida flight.
Delta Air Lines explained there was confusion with seating assignments during boarding and a flight attendant asked passengers to move to the seats printed on their respective tickets.
Coulter also shared a photo of the woman who "waltz [ed in] at the last min" and took her seat, even though she is not "elderly, child or sick", nor "an air marshal or tall person".
She joked that Delta hires people who seek to be prison guards, animal handlers or East German police.
Coulter spent much of Sunday afternoon tweeting and retweeting disparaging remarks against Delta.
- Delta (@Delta) July 16, 2017@AnnCoulter Additionally, your insults about our other customers and employees are unacceptable and unnecessary. More importantly, we are disappointed that the customer has chosen to publicly attack our employees and other customers by posting derogatory and slanderous comments and photos in social media.
The airline was quoted by Reuters as saying in a now-deleted Tweet the airline is "sorry you did not receive the preferred seat you paid for". Delta expects mutual civility throughout the entire travel experience. Everyone, including Coulter, complied and the flight departed and landed without further incident, according to Delta.
When it was later revealed that Dr. Dao was a convicted criminal, Coulter said that the Vietnamese national - accused of trading narcotics prescriptions for sex - should be deported from the United States. "Here's the woman given my PRE-BOOKED seat". Following the flight, crew members reported that there were no problems or concerns escalated.