A captain on a United flight out of SFO was apparently forced to make a plane-wide announcement following a racist encounter onboard, apparently related to the election of Donald Trump. Details are few, but the video description says the plane was heading to Puerto Vallarta, and the video was uploaded Friday.
"On my friend's @wirelessness flight from SFO to Mexico, some kinda scuffle broke out where an individual said something racist to an African American lady, and she began to cry," the video description reads. "They separated the two of them, and then the Captain of the flight got on the PA and made this announcement."
The captain's tone is clearly agitated, and the applause from the passengers following the conclusion of his remarks suggests they agree with him. "I understand everybody has their opinions — that's fine," the captain says over the PA. "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."
But he wasn't done. "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 there that has a problem with this, it's gonna, 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."
Although the exact incident that sparked the captain's message is unclear, there have been multiple reports of troubling incidents involving minorities in the Bay Area this week — such as the woman who was attacked Wednesday for wearing a hijab at San Jose State University.