26 May 2013, 01:56

San Diegans kicked off a flight for speaking Russian

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Six residents of San Diego were taken off a Spirit Airlines flight in the United States for speaking Russian.

The six people, among them a business owner, a teacher and an accountant, were flying to Las Vegas for an anniversary party last Thursday.

However, less than 10 minutes after they got in their seats, they were led off the plane.

One of the passengers said he was 'very confused.'

All of them are Russian natives.

The two said the group was chatting about the party in their regular voices - and only slightly louder when someone was speaking across the aisle - when an airline worker walked up to the Russian natives and told them they had to leave.

An airline employee told them that the stewardesses were intimidated by their speaking a different language.

The passengers got a refund from Spirit, but missed their anniversary party.

The worst US airline company 'intimidated' of Russian-speakers

A group of six San Diego residents were insulted and “humiliated” by kicking off a Spirit Airlines flight for speaking Russian before take-off.

A business owner, a teacher and an accountant, who were among this group heading to Las Vegas, apparently are not good enough to fly on Spirit Airlines, the worst American airline company in all categories, according study of Consumer Reports magazine.

The only fault of these people, who wanted to celebrate an anniversary party in Vegas, was chatting in Russian about the event in their regular voices, when an airline worker walked up to them.

"He just said, 'This row needs to get up and leave now,'" said Sana Bitman, one of the kicked-off passengers, in interview to the 10 News.

"It was humiliating to be treated that way," she added.

With the Boston Marathon bombing suspects in the back of their minds, Sana Bitman and her husband Dmitry Bitman said they were told by an airline employee that "the stewardesses were intimidated by us speaking a different language."

The couple said to the 10 News they never received a warning from a flight attendant to quiet down.

Attorney Daniel Petrov said it is illegal to discriminate someone based on national origin.

"They were kicked off the plane for speaking Russian; It's that simple. It's illegal," said Petrov.

But it’s not the first scandal connected with the Spirit Airlines company - in early May, a dozen passengers demanded to be let off a Portland-bound flight after an oily smell came through the vents.

"This is a country of freedom. I don't want this to happen to anyone else," said Sana Bitman.

Voice of Russia, 10 News, BloombergBusinessweek, RIA

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