Robert Sayegh, Brooklyn Brute, Booted From Plane for F-Word

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On his way from the Detroit Metro Airport (home of legendary swearer Eminem) to Newark, New Jersey (no goddamn introduction necessary), Robert Sayegh was kicked off a flight like a middle-schooler gets asked to leave the classroom. "What's taking so fucking long to close the overhead compartments?" Sayegh wondered aloud. The plane then taxied to the runway before turning back around to the gate, where police came aboard and left with the bad-mouthed Brooklyner. "I was just kind of talking to the guy sitting next to me. I said, 'What is taking so long?' I said, "What the 'F' is going on?'" Sayegh told the Detroit Free-Press. "I could see if I directed it at [the flight attendant], but I didn't even speak to him." What the fuck?

"I couldn't even believe when they pulled up and the cops got on," Sayegh said. And it's not because he doesn't understand air safety. "My cousin died in 9/11," he added. "If anyone stood up on a plane, I would crush them."

Atlantic Southeast Airlines, part of Delta, has apologized for inconveniencing Sayegh, who says he's considering suing. While waiting for his later flight, he contacted the Detroit media, and finally got home to Brooklyn around 7 p.m. last night.

"We use curse words just like adjectives," he maintained, repping his local color.

Presumably he doesn't use such adjectives while writing children's books.

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Mmac8462
Mmac8462

After the recent incidents of unruley passengers ie trying to open exit door and others being overly disruptive, everyone is on alert. A little self control by this jerk. Over reaction for sure by the flight attendant but maybe a lesson in decorum for the rest of the flying public. Consider others instead of yourself.

JB
JB

Eff him.......would he say what the fuck if his mother was sitting next to him?I don't understand why we're supposed to tolerate f-bombs in public. I'm glad he got his sorry, self-promoting ass inconvenienced.Next time take the FUCKING BUS!!!!

MikeIngwar
MikeIngwar

This guy is a fake and total media Wh*re....If my kid was sitting behind him I would want to throw him off myself....10 to 1 he appears on Fox News tomorrow spouting some BS about freedom of speech...they love a story like this...Check out his website and you'll know what this Moron is looking for...Attention!!

Robin O'Connor
Robin O'Connor

Holy mackerel. Even to someone who doesn't swear much, this seems totally ridiculous. Kicked off the plane to be met by the police? Unbelievable. How about a simple warning? 

Twenty-five years ago, in a very respectable suburb of Chicago, my then 7- and 10-year-olds would come home from school and ask what certain words meant that they had heard at school.

I'm not saying the man's comment was appropriate if spoken loudly enough to be heard beyond the person he was speaking to...but this reaction was even less appropriate.

Whatever
Whatever

This is the most ridiculous story ever. I doubt they kicked him off just for using two swear words--my guess is that he was belligerent. Also, I find it suspicious that he's now claiming that they are ruining his reputation as a 'children's author.' He's the one who immediately alerted the media in Detroit.

If he were that concerned about his reputation, he should have contacted the airline privately. If he saw no recourse AND his story was true, then he should have threatened to take it public. Now he's known as the guy who was hungover on a flight (must likely drunk, tho), and who uses 'curses as an adjective.' Brilliant.

Also, one must have a book out to be a children's author. From what I can see, he has one self-published novel, and this other book is being put out by a fly-by-night e-book publisher.

Some people just like to see their name in print no matter how it gets out there. Enjoy your 15 minutes of infamy!

LetsgoGeeDub
LetsgoGeeDub

Lay off the Saw Dawg. He used to serve the stiffest drinks in the DC nightclub scene. I hope he donates some of his settlement award towards a new tarp for Barcroft.

Jjpic
Jjpic

I'm Chris M and used to hit behind this guy in the line-up at GW...I can say without a doubt that this guy probably should have been arrested for his language.  Every time he grounded out he threw his helmet and swore much worse then he did on the plane.  Arrest him and throw away the key, that's how we would do it in Cherry Hill...Foo--Ged---about it

Jay99
Jay99

This guy is a crack pot...I use to see him around the neighborhood talking to himself.  He most definitely deserved to get kicked off.

Jay Murphy

flyyspitt
flyyspitt

"My cousin died in 9/11," he added. 

Thats a common reaction now isnt it ???..

After coming on TEN fuckin yrs ??

Oh my uncle's best friend's cousin's grandmother half sister died on Sept 11 th..

Tonymoo
Tonymoo

I'm sorry for your loss

tyee
tyee

Having been born and raised in Newark and with almost 70 years of observing people I think those who indiscriminately use vulgar language in public fall into two general categories. Category one includes those whom are ignorant of common courtesy and/or have mental shortcomings. Category two are people like Robert Sayegh who started out thinking that using vulgar words publicly where other can hear you was really cool and tough and unfortunately after time morph into ... see Category One.

scallywag
scallywag

One has to wonder if Robert Sayegh was jumping up and down, waving to the captain, not only would he have the police wanting to have a quick word with him but the bomb squad and whatever other government militia outfit that happened to be milling around the airport. But then again this is post 9-11 and a crackling of a potato chip on a plane can have you escorted off the plane with your seatbelt still jingling by your navel.

http://scallywagandvagabond.co...

joanw11ak
joanw11ak

What happened to 'freedom of speech'??

Pjmarn4
Pjmarn4

What happened to good manners, ethics, accepting and understanding that the delay is required to fix something on the ground rather than getting airbourne and having to return.  And if you think that swearing at the airline company, the passengers, the crew or whatever is causing the problem is going to get you one second closer to your destination next time take the bus.

Bruce
Bruce

Last I knew, there's no law requiring people to have manners.  If you don't like rubbing elbows with hoi polloi, perhaps YOU should take one of those alternative forms of transportation you consign the rest of us to, Miss Thing!

Guest
Guest

well i guess it is going to be seen in court now isn't it...where does it state in their policies that profanity will result in what happened? i truly don't believe it is even mentioned...so odd they did this

akw
akw

He wasn't arrested, he was kicked off the plane.  All airplanes have conduct policies, and if you behave like a jerk, they can kick you off. 

Nunya
Nunya

I was sitting behind this gentleman, along with my seven year old daughter.  She overheard him just like the flight attendant did, so he obviously wasn't being discreet. - no I wasn’t actually sitting behind him, but the story said the attendant overheard him, and I doubt she was sitting in the seat next to him, so he was probably not being very tactful about expressing himself.  I absolutely believe in Freedom of Speech, but I also believe in the burden of responsibility.  He may be from a place where the F-bomb is everyday speech, but it isn’t everywhere -and common sense should dictate that it doesn’t belong in tight confines where innocent ears (young and old) have to hear it.  Unfortunately, common sense is on the endangered listed along with good manners. 

iam_Nunya
iam_Nunya

I understand your concern about "innocent ears" however, we're talking about a word not a violent or explicit act that actually could corrupt a child's innocence. 

I'm sure your child has heard this word and worse many times over in the schoolyard or on TV or movies. 

As responsible parents we teach our children that some words are impolite and shouldn't be said -- we don't ignore that fact that such words exist and cling to an unrealistic hope that our kids won't hear them uttered in their presence. 

Personally, while I wouldn't want my seven-year-old child using the F-word, I find words like "hate" and racial slurs many times more offensive. 

PS- Nice nickname, at least we have that in common.

Al_Swearengen
Al_Swearengen

Throwing somebody off a plane for one f-bomb is unbelievable.  Do we really have to police behavior down to a seven year-old's level?

Besides, our country's state of continual war and greedy, heartless culture are a million times more obscene than any single word.

Pjmarn4
Pjmarn4

It takes a real idiot with no intelligence and a miniscule vocabulary and no common sense to cause a scene on an airplane.  He looks like a young smart ass snot nose jerk who thinks vulgar language is going to get the plane off the ground faster.  Does that make any sense to anyone out there?  Being polite, a gentleman, showing ethics and manners is too much trouble for this malcontent and it doesn't cost him one iota to behave himself. What an I missing?   Yes the words were insulting. Obviously there was a delay. What kind who knows? Isn't it best to get it fixed while on the ground than having a problem in the air?  You think the airlines make money having the planes sit on the ground?  So shut up and learn some manners.

Mike Grandfield
Mike Grandfield

I would say anyone who believes in turning around a commercial jet plane and delaying hundreds of passengers because someone uttered a no-no word  shouldn't prattle on about common sense.

Guest
Guest

first off the captain should be in the cockpit don't you think? so if he actually heard it through that heavy steel reinforced door then wow!! amazing!!

Pjmarn4
Pjmarn4

and whose judgment are you going to take on this a hungover wiseguy kid or a captain of the airplane which is supposed to deliver you safe and sound to your destination?  Wouldn't you rather wait 45 minutes on the tarmac while they get things straightened our or would you want to have a midair accident?  The crew and pilot are there for only one thing idiot your safety. Not handing out drinks or peanuts.  And I don't expect them to be there except for that one thing.

Rocktheredva
Rocktheredva

I am SO f-ing with this guy.  What a goddammed police state this country has turned into. 

Msmith6791
Msmith6791

Absolutely 100% wrong not only kicking him off the plane, but even making a big deal about it.  What's wrong with the flight attendant saying "Sir, please do not use profanity or you will be removed from the plane".  There was no due process in this incident.  I am trying to reach this guy. Can anyone help me find him?  Tell me: Michael Smith, bigclaim@aol.com.  I will explain to him the procedures to follow to sue both the airline AND the police.  This kind of over-reaction by police is taking place all over the country and intensifying. The police have nothing better to do and go looking for staged events and escalations to justify their phony jobs to themselves. Last week in AZ a swat team busted into the wrong house and filled a guy with 60-70 bullets in 3 seconds.  60 bullets?  Help me find this guy. He HAS to sue!!!

Pjmarn4
Pjmarn4

Hey if you don't like this state there are 200 other ones you can try. I have tried several and by far this is the best. If you can't behave yourself in public, stay home or drive.  Swearing on an plane is not going to get you to your destination one second faster. Learn manners and ethics and grow up.

Guest
Guest

200 other "STATES" really what does that even mean?

Bristaylor
Bristaylor

 Actually, since you apparently aren't originally from the USA you might not realize that it is not a simple matter for Americans to "try" other countries.  We can't just up and immigrate, even to close allies like Canada and Europe.  And further, it is very much within our patriotic duties to question authority and keep the tendency to "police-state" in check.  Sitting down and shutting up is NOT what America was ever about.  Sorry.

HesterScofield
HesterScofield

I'm usually wondering the same f-ing thing!  People take on too many carry-ons, can't close the overheads without removing shit to check.  Ridiculous! Nobody has to follow the rules and it delays the rest of us!

Pjmar4
Pjmar4

You don't like flying with all its problems and quirks? Drive, take the bus or train.  Accept what is happening and be known that if you shop around for tickets, it is the fastest cheapest mode of transportation and the 5-10minutes of discomfort in seating is nothing compared to the 10-30 hours you save by driving ot train.

Jane Tucker
Jane Tucker

Flying ISN'T always the fastest way to get anywhere.  My dad drove a car to Dallas for his sister's funeral (he delivered a car to his nephew).  The flight back took longer than the drive with all the delays he encountered.   I'd have been cussing the entire time.  He doesn't cuss.

Sam
Sam

10 minutes on the plane vs. 30 hours driving / on the train? I think you may be confusing plane travel with a transporter beam.Get off your high horse. Accept the world for what it is and realize that there are both people that curse at all times, and situations that will drive a normally perfectly reasonable person to utter their dismay by cursing. What, you've never ever EVER uttered a single dag-nammit?

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