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Passenger’s Racist Rant Towards Flight Attendant Earns Him a Conviction

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Peter Nelson, a 46-year-old, married father of three, was flying British Airways’ business class during an eleven-and-a-half-hour flight from London’s Heathrow Airport to Rio de Janeiro last June when he became irate upon being awoken by a cabin crew member seeking to take his meal order.

Having had apparently drunk a considerable amount of alcohol during the flight, the red-faced Nelson launched into a racially-charged, sustained verbal attack upon the offending female British Airways flight attendant, Sima Patel-Pryke.

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As initially reported by South West News Service (SWNS) and picked up by FOX News, Nelson berated her: “You Asians think you are better than us. I don’t want to be served by you lot. I’ve paid your wages for the last 20 years.”

One of Patel-Pryke’s fellow crew members testified that Nelson went on to demand that he be served only by a “white girl”. Nelson, however, maintains that he never used racist language, only that he wanted to be served by “that one”, but wanted “another one” of the cabin crew to serve him.

Witnesses confirmed that he was shouting at Patel-Pryke very loudly in the jet’s galley. His raucous rant became so menacing that she began backing away in fright and was ultimately reduced to tears. At that point, more cabin crew were called in for support and obtained the pilot’s authorization to ready a restraining kit in the event that he had to be forcibly subdued. It seems that Nelson backed down when finally threatened with arrest.

Nelson, who has worked as an external I.T. consultant for major pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline in the U.K. for the past nearly 20 years, lives with his family in a $1.8-million, five-bedroom, detached house in Ascot, Berkshire.

At the conclusion of his court trial on September 6, 2019, a U.K. jury slapped Nelson with a unanimous “guilty” verdict on one count of racially aggravated abuse. Thereupon, Judge Edward Connell fined the defendant $2,450, as well as $615 compensation to his victim and $4,300 costs to the prosecution.

“I accept this conviction will have profound ramifications for you and your employability, so I’m just persuaded that this can be dealt with with a financial penalty,” the judge surmised.

Although British Airways itself has not banned Nelson, nor, indeed, taken any action against him, Nelson has been fired from his job, and he and his wife have pulled their children out of their international school, and are considering moving back to New Zealand in the wake of his conviction.

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Numerous Cities on List For Potentially Losing Air Travel

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The ball is now in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s court when it comes to deciding whether to grant the request of domestic airlines to significantly trim certain cities and airport from their respective service lists.

And, ironically, it comes at a time when the majority of the country is starting to reopen for business in the wake of the effects from the coronavirus pandemic.

The government comment period on the matter ended on Thursday, leaving the matter to a decision by the DOT, which has not said when it will issue a ruling according to USA Today.

Airlines are looking to drop service to conserve some desperately needed cash, with demand for air travel having dropped to unprecedented lows. At one point, screenings by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) were off 94 percent compared to a similar date last year. But as a condition of accepting federal grants and loans as part of the CARES Act stimulus package, U.S. carriers needed to maintain the same amount of service it offered prior to the coronavirus impact as well as seek permission from the DOT to drop routes.

But the cuts could be devastating to small airports.

According to USA Today, Anthony Dudas, the airport director in Williston, North Dakota, said that the town is a gateway to the rich Bakken oil fields. Before the pandemic, it had five daily flights from United and Delta. Now, those flights have been reduced to one a day for each of the two airlines. If Delta is granted permission to suspend service, the community will be down even further – serving a $275 million airport that opened last year.

“While we understand the need for air carriers to have flexibility in adjusting schedules and services, we believe the impact from significantly reducing air service to western North Dakota will be enormous,” Dudas wrote.

Here is the list of cities that could be dropped.

ALASKA AIRLINES

Charleston, South Carolina

Columbus, Ohio

El Paso, Texas

New Orleans

San Antonio, Texas

ALLEGIANT AIR

New Orleans

Ogdensburg, New York

Palm Springs, California

San Antonio

Springfield, Illinois

Tucson, Arizona

AMERICAN AIRLINES

Aspen, Colorado

Eagle, Colorado

Montrose/Delta, Colorado

Worcester, Massachusetts

CAPE AIR

Portland, Maine

Corvus Airlines

Goodnews Bay, Alaska

Kodiak, Alaska

Napakiak, Alaska

Napaskiak, Alaska

Platinum, Alaska

DELTA AIR LINES

Aspen, Colorado

Bangor, Maine

Erie, Pennsylvania

Flint, Michigan

Fort Smith, Arkansas

Lincoln, Nebraska

New Bern/Morehead/Beaufort, North Carolina

Peoria, Illinois

Santa Barbara, California

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Williston, North Dakota

ELITE AIRWAYS

Sarasota/Bradenton, Florida

FRONTIER AIRLINES

Greenville/Spartanburg, South Carolina

Mobile, Alabama

Palm Springs

Portland, Maine

Tyler, Texas

JETBLUE AIRWAYS

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Palm Springs

Sacramento, California

Sarasota/Bradenton, Florida

Worcester, Massachusetts

Seaborne Virgin Islands

Charlotte Amalie, Virgin Islands

Christiansted, Virgin Islands

Culebra, Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Vieques, Puerto Rico

SILVER AIRWAYS

Charlotte Amalie, Virgin Islands

Huntsville, Alabama

Key West, Florida

Tallahassee, Florida

Tampa, Florida

SPIRIT AIRLINES

Asheville, North Carolina

Charlotte Amalie, Virgin Islands

Christiansted, Virgin Islands

Greensboro/High Point, North Carolina

Plattsburgh, New York

SUN AIR EXPRESS

Nashville, Tennessee

SUN COUNTRY AIRLINES

Madison, Wisconsin

Philadelphia

Portland, Oregon

Sacramento

St. Louis, Missouri

UNITED AIR LINES

Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton, Pennsylvania

Charlotte Amalie

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Fairbanks, Alaska

Hilton Head, South Carolina

Ithaca/Cortland, New York

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Key West, Florida

Lansing, Michigan

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Rochester, Minnesota

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