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Minnesota man with kids allegedly tossed from Southwest Airlines flight for critical tweets

Duff Watson claims a tweet got him booted off a flight from Denver to Minneapolis.
By Evan Bleier   |   July 23, 2014 at 12:58 PM   |   Comments

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MINNEAPOLIS, July 23 (UPI) -- A Minnesota man claims that a critical tweet got him and his two kids booted off a Southwest Airlines flight from Denver to Minneapolis on Sunday.

Duff Watson is an "A-List" passenger, but when he attempted to priority board with his two children, the gate agent wouldn't let him.

He told the agent that he would be "sure to tweet about it," and then he did.

When the agent read what he wrote, she had Watson and his children removed from the plane because she felt "threatened" by what he had tweeted.

"There was no use of profanity, there were no threats made. There was nothing other than, you know, a terse exchange between a customer service agent and a customer," Watson told WCCO. "She said, 'You can't board the plane unless you delete that tweet.'"

He deleted the tweet and they were allowed back on.


Southwest Airlines confirmed "that a customer was removed for a short time and continued on to Minneapolis." All three passengers got $50 vouchers, but they won't be flying Southwest Airlines again anytime soon.


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