It looks like there was some excitement on last night’s American Airlines flight from Buenos Aires to Miami, AA900.
Carlos Zannini, Argentina’s former Legal and Technical Secretary, was on the flight. Now, I don’t know much about Argentinian politics, though it seems like he’s not too popular among Argentinians, as a near riot broke out when other passengers found out he was aboard.
There are lots of videos of the situation. This one probably captures the situation best:
It got so bad that the captain supposedly had to make an announcement saying that the flight would be canceled if the situation didn’t get better, and that if anything happened inflight, they would immediately divert. Apparently that was enough to calm people down.
Now, I assume there’s a reason people dislike this guy. That being said, there’s a time and place for protest, and an airplane isn’t it. Based on the video alone I feel kind of bad for the guy, and he’s certainly reacting in an extremely calm way, which is impressive. I suspect he’s used to being attacked like this, so maybe it’s not even that out of the ordinary for him.
There are plenty of other video perspectives of the incident, including these three:
Acá el video. Difundan el escrache a Zanini en pleno vuelo a Estados Unidos. La condena social es imparable. pic.twitter.com/PzE7oJy91T
— ϟ Ludmi Chalon ϟ (@HacemeTuyaJoe) April 25, 2016
Escrachan a Zanini yendo a Miami pic.twitter.com/yzxPZD1DUt
— Ari Paluch (@paluchari) April 25, 2016
The flight landed in Miami without incident, and according to infobae, Zannini was escorted off the plane by DHS officers.
(Tip of the hat to Aeroflot001 on airliners.net)