Instagram fitness model Jen Selter got kicked off an airplane over the weekend in what she calls a humiliating experience. She was taken off an American Airlines flight, which was headed to New York from Miami, after an argument with a flight attendant.
Selter told the New York Post that the flight was delayed more than two hours and that the plane hadn’t moved yet when she and her sister got out of their seats so they could stretch.
“The plane wasn’t taking off. I told him to relax. But he had something against me,” Selter, 24, said of the flight attendant. “He was so nasty.”
According to the fitness aficionado, that flight attendant asked if she wanted to get off the plane. She said she answered a sarcastic yes, as she explained over Twitter. Airport security was called shortly after.
“American Airlines calls the shots. They don’t want you to fly on their plane today,” a security officer told Selter. The interaction was recorded on video.
In another video, a passenger defends Selter.
“I don’t understand this, you harassing her. You harassing her. You came from all the way over there. […] Why you being aggressive?”
Another passenger even got off the flight, according to Selter, to show her support because she was so disgusted over the treatment. That passenger said that Selter “was just standing because [Selter’s sister] and the other passenger went to the bathroom. And then one of the crew members, he just came and started shouting at her, harassing her, it was really bad.”
A spokesperson for American Airlines told the New York Post that Selter “was asked to leave the aircraft after a disagreement occurred. …[The airline] offered her hotel accommodations and transportation, which [Selter] declined.”
Selter told the New York Post, “They made me feel like a terrible person, and I did nothing wrong.”