Man Crying over Being Kicked off Flight and Called a 'Terrorist' Viewed 15 Million Times

A video of a man shouting "they call me a f***ing terrorist," after being kicked off a flight has gone viral on social media. The video received at least 15.3 million views and tens of thousands of retweets since it was shared on Twitter at the time of reporting.

The man in the video can be heard crying out: "This is what they do to us, they kicked me off a flight, they call me a f***ing terrorist and they want to rule my life."

Another person in the video was seen approaching the man and can be heard saying: "Sir, please calm down. I was kicked off Delta earlier," before the video ends.

The video, first shared on TikTok by user @heartlessbeech (who was previously known as @heartlessputa, the username credited in the video), has received at least 52,500 likes on TikTok since it was posted.

The caption of the video on TikTok reads: "Homeboy had a full toddler level meltdown bc [because] he was told to wear a mask 🥱#fyp."

The TikTok video was shared on Twitter by multiple users, including by Yashar Ali (a writer for New York Magazine and The Huffington Post) and @RayRedacted (a researcher and host of the Tribe of Hackers Podcast).

In a tweet sharing the video, user @RayRedacted wrote: "People who broke into the Capitol Wednesday are now learning they are on No-Fly lists pending the full investigation. They are not happy about this." At the time of reporting, the post received at least 393,200 likes, 84,500 retweets and 55,000 quote retweets.

However, the tweet posted by Ali noted: "Just like the other TikTok I just quote tweeted, this has nothing to do with the US Capitol Building or no-fly lists as it relates to domestic terrorism.

"This man, according to the woman who filmed it, was kicked off the flight for not wearing a mask," Ali added in the post. The tweet has received at least 3,800 likes, 1,200 retweets and 313 quote tweets at the time of reporting.

A tweet by David Slotnick, senior airline reporter at Business Insider, sharing a screenshot of the video screen on TikTok, also added: "The caption on the original post says it's mask related."

Newsweek has contacted Delta, the Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration for comment.

On Friday, Delta removed two "unruly'' passengers traveling from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to Minneapolis, Minnesota, a spokesperson for the airline, Morgan Durrant, told USA Today.

The flight departed for Minneapolis following a short delay, according to Durrant. The company did not disclose any details about the incident, which took place on Flight 3765.

Durrant said in a statement: "As a values-led company, we expect our people and customers to treat one another with dignity and respect as we safely fly them to their destinations, including wearing masks and following all instructions from Delta people at the airport and on-board."

Last week, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), an airline union representing nearly 50,000 flight attendants across 17 different airlines, called for rioters who breached the Capitol on Wednesday to be banned from flying.

In a statement issued by the AFA, President Sara Nelson noted how "mob mentality behavior" was noticed from numerous passengers flying to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday calling it "unacceptable" and a threat to "the safety and security of every single person onboard."

"Acts against our democracy, our government, and the freedom we claim as Americans must disqualify these individuals from the freedom of flight," the statement said.

Ronald Reagan National Airport, Virgina, December 2020
Crowds at the Ronald Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, seen on December 18, 2020. A man crying over being kicked off a flight and being called a "terrorist" has been viewed 15 million times on Twitter. Daniel Slim/AFP via Getty Images