Travel News: United Airlines Kicks Off Travel Writer for Taking a Picture of His Seat

Posted February 28, 2013 by Elica Sue in Blog

The photo taken by UPGRD travel blogger.

About a week ago, travel blogger for UPGRD, Matthew Klint, was kicked off a United Airlines flight to Turkey for taking a picture of the back of the seat in front of him (pictured above).

According to AMERICAblog, after snapping the photo, a flight attendant told Klint that taking pictures inside the cabin was prohibited. It has been speculated that perhaps it wasn’t the action of taking the photo that got Klint thrown off of the flight, but what he said to the flight attendant afterwards.

Directly from a blog post on UPGRD from Klint, “[he] felt the need to explain [himself],” and told the flight attendant: “I want you to understand why I was taking pictures. I hope you didn’t think I was terrorist. Here is my business card [offering her one]. I write about United Airlines on an almost-daily basis and the folks at United in Chicago are even aware of my blog.”

Not too long after Klint’s explanation to the flight attendant, a Global Services representative approached Klint and told him that “the captain is not comfortable with [him] on this flight,” and that “[he’d] need to gather [his] things and [they’d] find another way to get [him] to Istanbul.”

Klint eventually spoke with the pilot but described it as a “‘he-said, she-said’ situation,” which refers to the flight attendant relaying her information to the pilot. To no avail, Klint was still asked to leave the plane again, before the police were to be called.

He was able to rebook his flight(s), but was set “back another $225.” Who’s to said whose fault it was, but one thing’s for sure, we’ll have to be extra careful when we take photos on a plane in future.

What are your thoughts about this situation?

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Elica Sue

Elica Sue is WildJunket's web editor and writer specializing in languages and student travel. Based in California, she grew up with an exposure to a menagerie of culture, language, and art, and is a student pursuing what she is most passionate about: writing, traveling, and learning languages. She blogs at Travelengua.

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