Mother-daughter 'Karens' 'removed' from flight over seat spat: 'Cry and scream'

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A traveller on a packed flight in the US has filmed a pair of fellow passengers 'screaming' and demanding others move seats to accommodate their late arrival before being removed by airline staff.

The footage was captured and uploaded to TikTok by a user named @official_norcal_mom, who said the unidentified women were a mother and daughter duo.

Southwest Airlines Karens kicked off flight. Photo: TikTok/official_norcal_mom.
A mother-daughter duo was kicked off a flight over a squabble over seats. Photo: TikTok/official_norcal_mom.

'Karen and Karen 2.0'

According to the TikTok user, the pair boarded a Southwest Airlines flight from Sacramento to San Diego — which had already been delayed by two hours — "right before the doors closed".

The airline does not have allocated seating meaning passengers can choose where they sit on a 'first come first serve' basis.

Clearly disappointed that their preferred seats had already been taken, the latecomers decided to take matters into their own hands.

"Karen and Karen 2.0 thought everyone should move so they could have an aisle seat," @official_norcal_mom explained.


Southwest Airlines Karens kicked off flight. Photo: TikTok/official_norcal_mom.
The women collected their luggage ad exited the airline. Photo: TikTok/official_norcal_mom.

When a flight attendant politely told them that they could not ask a full plane of people to move seats, the daughter decided to 'scream' down the aisle to see if anyone would switch.

A flight attendant is then heard telling the pair, "We can't have nobody yelling" when there are "families" and "little kids" on the flight.

"I was just trying to make the announcement," the daughter replied before she and her mother go to take their seats.

"It's okay. We'll just go sit down," she added. "She [her mother] can just cry and scream on the plane. She's going to grab onto you and scream and cry."

That didn't go down well with the cabin crew, with an attendant informing her, "Ma'am, if you're going to say things like that, then we have to put you on a different plane."

At the end of the video, the two women removed their luggage from the overhead compartment and exited the aircraft which, according to the TikTok user, prompted applause from the other passengers.

Southwest Airlines has yet to comment publically on the incident.

TikTok users didn't hold back when sharing their opinion of the video in the comments section.

"Who are these people born with the AUDACITY?!" wrote one.

"Good morning and welcome to the no-fly list. Have a wonderful time!" joked another.

"If it's so important to have an aisle seat they should have flown an airline where you can reserve your seat. Not Southwest," said a third.

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