...By Lola Smith for TDPel Media.
Jennifer Schaper, a passenger on a Southwest Airlines flight, claimed that the aircraft was grounded by a flight attendant on April 15 after someone spilled rice in the aisle.
According to Schaper, the crew member refused to leave the gate until the mess was cleaned up. She dubbed the incident #RiceGate and shared it on Twitter.
In one tweet, she said that the flight attendant walked up and down the aisles, demanding to know who spilled the rice, and added that the people in her row and she had the giggles.
Flight Delayed Further by Bathroom Break
Schaper provided several updates on the situation, stating that the rice had to be cleaned up before the flight could leave and that the flight attendant was “MAD” and “disappointed in all of us.”
She also noted that the flight had to wait longer to take off because another passenger used the delay to go to the bathroom.
Schaper expressed her belief that the person who spilled the rice should have cleaned it up, but that the staff were out of line in how they handled the situation.
The incident dubbed #RiceGate by Jennifer Schaper highlights the power dynamic between flight attendants and passengers.
While it is understandable for the flight attendant to want the mess cleaned up, the delay of the flight seems excessive.
It is unclear whether the flight attendant was following company policy or acting on their own accord, but the situation could have been handled better.
As travelers, it is essential to be mindful of our actions and the impact they can have on others.
At the same time, it is important for airlines to ensure that their staff are trained to handle such situations in a manner that is both efficient and respectful of the passengers.