A video uploaded to social media on Friday appears to document a pilot of an American Airlines flight threatening to "dump" people off a flight for not obeying his rules.
The video shows a nearly full flight with many people chanting, "USA! USA!" before a pilot can be heard over the PA system on a subsequent clip purportedly from the same flight.
"This is the way it's gonna be… it's a four and a half hour flight to Phoenix. We'll put this plane down in the middle of Kansas and dump people off — I don't care. We will do that if that's what it takes, so behave, please."
Mindy Robinson, who took the video and uploaded it to Twitter, says, "Wow. I’m on a plane full of patriots flying from DC to Phoenix and we started chanting “USA” ...and the Captain came on said told us he’d drop us off in Kansas if he had to if we didn’t obey their every single rule. American Airlines is everything but American."
The flight did not end up landing, and reached Phoenix on time.
According to Business Insider, American Airlines defended the actions of their pilot and suggested that some passengers on the flight had refused to comply with their policy of mask-wearing while flying. No other issues were reported.