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SMU senior on American Airlines flight 2332 interviewed by Today Show

SMU senior on American Airlines flight 2332 interviewed by Today Show

As American Airline passenger Sean Tabbert settled into his seat Friday, he thought he was headed to Chicago for a job interview. However, in just a couple of hours, he was on television being interviewed by the Today Show.

Tabbert, a SMU senior, was on American Airlines flight 2332 from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport heading to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport when a flight attendant took over the public-address system, ranting about their plane crashing while also referencing 9/11.

Tabbert wasn’t concerned with the flight attendant at first, but as she continued to rage, he became skeptical.

“I thought it was just a joke,” he said. “Then, I thought this lady is crazy and needs to stop.”

Before the plane took off, other crew members and passengers tried to restrain the flight attendant as she continued ranting about how many days she had to work and the safety of the plane.

“She started talking about how it was her fourth day of 11 in a row working,” Tabbert said, “and how she had forgotten to take a pill today.”

According to The Dallas Morning News, she also referred to the airline’s bankruptcy reorganization during her outburst.

American Airlines released a statement later that day that said that the incident was not a security threat but instead a medical issue. Two flight attendants were taken to Parkland Hospital for evaluation, according to a federal law enforcement official.

The plane was delayed for more than an hour before the pilot returned the plane to the gate.

“I would say it was handled well,” Tabbert said. “They kept us updated the whole time.”

On Saturday, NBC flew Tabbert to New York City for an interview with the Today Show’s Lester Holt.

“It was great,” he said. “I was a bit nervous once they started the show because there had been no talk about the questions, or a dry run.”

Tabbert, however, said the incident will not deter him from flying on American Airlines again.  

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