Social media fitness star and model Jen Selter, 24, who is known among her 11.7 million Instagram followers for her bubbly butt, was kicked off an American Airlines aircraft on Saturday evening at Miami International Airport, the airline confirmed in a statement sent by e-mail after Jen tweeted videos of the incident.
Jen had already boarded her flight to New York when takeoff was delayed by more than two hours, according to a screenshot Jen tweeted showing text flight updates. When two passengers, including Jen's sister, Stephanie Selter, left their seats to use the restroom, Jen stood up to put her jacket in the overhead compartment, she said, at which point the flight crew asked her to sit.
Because others were wandering the cabin, Jen, who has not yet responded to a request for comment, resisted. In a tweet that has since been deleted, Jen wrote, "Your flight attendant got very aggressive to me for standing. Asked if I wanted to get off. I sarcastically said yes."
Thereafter, the pilot approached Jen and her sister in an encounter that they appear to have filmed.
"The crew is asking for you both to be removed," the pilot said in the video.
But Jen insisted she did nothing wrong, addressing the female flight attendant who stood nearby to explain the situation to the pilot, first as "hun," then "ma'am."
"Clearly we're all irritable, we've been standing here for two hours," Jen said to the pilot in the video.
"I know. I know we're late. We all want to get to New York," he said.
Seconds later, a male passenger, who isn't pictured, came to the women's defense. "I don't understand this," he said, accusing American Airlines staff of harassment.
In a video posted thereafter, two officers crowded the plane's aisle. "American Airlines calls the shots. They don't want you to fly on their plane today," one said to the Selters, who, based on the camera angle, appear to have been seated.
Although the sisters were forced to leave the plane, another female passenger disembarked voluntarily. In another Twitter video that appears to have been filmed in the airport, Stephanie asked the woman why she got off the plane. Her answer: "I saw what the guy did to your sister, she was just standing after two hours, we were waiting in the airplane. She was just standing because you and the other passengers went to the bathroom, and then one of the crew members just came and started shouting at her, harassing her, it was really bad."
In their e-mail statement, American Airlines said the disagreement prompted removal, and that the airline offered Jen hotel accommodations and transportation and she declined. Jen tweeted Monday, however, that she was told to sleep in the airport.
Either way, the sisters took an American Airlines flight to LaGuardia Airport in New York on Sunday morning, the airline confirmed by e-mail, and Jen takes no responsibility for the incident that changed her travel plans, or for causing further delays on her original flight.
"I just want to be clear that we were on the plane at the gate for 2 plus hours," she tweeted Monday. "[It] had nothing to do with me."
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