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By  | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | 1259 27 April 2017 
The way Kima Hamilton sees it, his urgent need to visit the restroom as a Milwaukee-bound Delta jet awaited takeoff was a misunderstanding blown all out of proportion.

In fellow passenger Krista Rosolino’s view, it was outrageous that Hamilton was kicked off the flight and that everyone else was forced to exit the plane when it returned to the gate in Atlanta. She took to social media to defend this man she didn’t know.

 

The Delta Air Lines quick take on this incident is that federal law requires passengers to comply with crew instructions, or run the risk of being seen as a security threat. A spokesman promised to get back to me Tuesday with a more detailed response but did not.

(Update: Delta sent the following statement Wednesday: “Our flight crews are extensively trained to ensure the safety and security of all customers. It is imperative that passengers comply with crew instructions during all phases of flight, especially at the critical points of takeoff and landing.”)

The drama on jetliners these days rivals anything on television. A doctor was physically dragged off a United Airlines plane in Chicago this month when he refused to give up his seat to make room for airline staff on the crowded flight. And a confrontation erupted on an American Airlines jet Friday in San Francisco after a flight attendant yanked a stroller away from a passenger and her baby.

Both incidents were captured on video, as were the attempts by two Delta agents to eject Hamilton from the plane. When he refused, the entire aircraft was emptied and all passengers except Hamilton were allowed to re-board a short time later.

The story begins mid-afternoon of April 18 aboard Delta Flight 2035 from Atlanta to Milwaukee. The plane was pretty full. Hamilton was traveling alone. Krista Rosolino and her husband, Mike, both lawyers in Milwaukee, were sitting with their infant daughter across the aisle from him.

The plane taxied to the runway and the passengers were told it was third in line to take off. This is a time when you’re supposed to remain seated. But the wait extended to about 30 minutes, Krista Rosolino estimates.

Hamilton felt a strong need to urinate and figured it might be OK. “We weren’t taking off. We were still. The plane isn’t moving,” he said.

I asked Hamilton why he hadn’t used a restroom earlier. “I don’t normally pee right before I get on the plane, and I’ve never had a problem like this before. I don’t remember drinking an abnormal amount of water,” he said.

He walked to a restroom at the rear of the plane. A flight attendant there said if he used the restroom they would lose their place in line. So he sat back down, but the urgency grew stronger. Hamilton returned to the restroom and this time went in and quickly did his business. It beats making a mess right there in your seat, right?

“The pilot came on and said, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, I’m sorry for the inconvenience but we have to return to the gate and remove a passenger,’ ” Hamilton said. “It escalated to that point that fast.”

Two Delta agents, first one and then another, approached Hamilton and told him to get his things and exit the plane. He knew they wouldn’t let him back on, so he refused. Hamilton, 39, a DJ and a poet who moved to Milwaukee a year ago, is an artist in residence at an MPS school, and he needed to be home the following morning for a field trip.

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Both incidents were captured on video, as were the attempts by two Delta agents to eject Hamilton from the plane. When he refused, the entire aircraft was emptied and all passengers except Hamilton were allowed to re-board a short time later.

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