Pilot asks for "common decency" after post-election scuffle on flight

United Airlines captain's plea for passengers to respect each other

Denver International Airport

A United Airlines pilot was forced to intervene when a racially charged row broke out between passengers on a flight from San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

In a video posted on YouTube by Jon Bauer, the pilot is heard pleading with travellers to respect each other.

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Bauer captioned the footage: "On my friend's @wirelessness flight from SFO to Mexico, some kinda scuffle broke out where an individual with a 'plaid shirt and a camo cap' said something racist (about being 'glad to have kept his guns') to an African American lady, and she began to cry and freak out. They separated the two of them, and then the Captain of the flight got on the PA and made this announcement."

Referencing Donald Trump being elected the 45th president, the captain says: "I understand everybody has their opinions; that's fine. If you support him, great. If you don't, I understand.

"However, we're out here to go to Puerto Vallarta, supposed to be having a good time, and what I do ask is that as people we have the common decency to respect each others' decisions and to get along on this three hour and thirteen minute flight so that we can have a good time when we get down there.

"Nobody wants to argue, nobody wants — nobody is going to change their minds by arguing. And let's keep our opinions to ourselves on this particular matter at this particular time.

"If there's anyone that has a problem with this, that needs to vent or rant or rave — there's another flight tomorrow. You're not going to be on this one. I hope that's clear."

Passengers are then heard applauding the pilot.

In a statement to CBS Local, United Airlines spokeswoman Maggie King said: "The pilot was made aware of an incident onboard and used the intercom to diffuse the situation and insure the safety of everyone onboard. The flight continued without any further reports of disturbance."

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