Celebrity dentist and Iranian immigrant Shawn Sadri got kicked off an American Airlines flight after he made anti-Trump comments to a flight attendant and allegedly escalated the exchange into an argument.
According to Breitbart, the 35-year-old dentist works for Hollywood celebrities and was returning to his home in New York after performing cosmetic procedures on his clients before the 2017 Academy Awards.
On that flight back to New York, Sadri was seated next to a 7-year-old boy of Hispanic descent who was crying and nervous about the flight.
Sadri told the New York Daily News that he tried to console the boy, but the child just took off running down the aisle, screaming. That’s when Sadri turned to a flight attendant and said, “Maybe Trump is trying to deport him.”
But the flight attendant wasn’t amused by Sadri’s humor, and she politely asked him not to say such things while on board the plane.
“Fine, you must be a Trump supporter,” Sadri responded.
“And she said, ‘What if I am?’” Sadri recalled. “So I said, ‘If you are, you are, but you’re also incompetent and need to do your job. Why am I dealing with this kid?’”
Two other flight attendants came to the aid of the first, and Sadri allegedly argued with the three of them. The airline later confirmed that he had been removed for “not following crew members’ instructions.”
Sadri should have known better. While free speech is a right protected by the U.S. Constitution, there are certain social norms that should be respected when we’re on someone else’s property.
However, Sadri still thinks he did the right thing and has refused to apologize.
“I wasn’t yelling, I wasn’t swearing, it was 6 a.m., I hadn’t been drinking. I’m a New Yorker — I’m not going to back down — and I was born a Muslim in Iran. I do think all those things played into it,” he said.
It sounds like he got kicked off the plane for being a jerk, but he’s trying to turn it into an episode of racism and religious persecution.
According the U.K. Daily Mail, Sadri usually flies by private jet. Too bad he didn’t do that this time. He was promptly placed on another flight.
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