UA Captain Mediates After Post-Election Scuffle

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The polarizing effect on the Donald Trump election win has extended not just to the streets of dozens of U.S. cities, but up in the air too.

 A UA captain was forced to intervene over the cabin intercom after a passenger began “crying and freaking out.” A man reportedly said to a black woman seatmate that he was happy about the Trump win as he will be able to “keep his guns.”

 The woman objected loudly and crew members were forced to separate the pair after a reported scuffle. That’s when the pilot decided to mediate over the intercom.

 "I understand everybody has their opinion; that's fine. If you support (Donald Trump), great. If you don't, I understand. However, we're out here to go to Puerto Vallarta, supposed to be having a good time, and what I do ask is that as people we have the common decency to respect each other's decisions so that we can have a good time when we get down there," he said according to a video clip now posted on YouTube.

 "Nobody is going to change their minds by arguing. And let's keep our opinions to ourselves on this particular matter at this particular time."

 The pilot underlined his message this way: “If there's anyone that has a problem with this, that needs to vent or rant or rave, there's another flight tomorrow," he said.

 His words were followed by a warm round of applause from other pax

 It’s not clear what a Trump supporter was doing on a flight to Mexico. Wrong turn at Albuquerque?

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