February 16th, 2010
01:42 PM ET
13 years ago

Romney threatened with violence on flight

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/16/art.romneyol.gi.jpg caption="Romney took in the opening weekend at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver."]

(CNN) - Even former presidential candidates are subject to the occasional annoyances of air travel.

A passenger seated in front of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's wife became "physically violent" when the former Republican presidential candidate asked the passenger to move his seat in a more upright position.

The incident occurred Monday when the Romneys were headed from Vancouver, Canada to Los Angeles on an Air Canada flight, according to spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom.

In a statement to CNN, Fehrnstrom said "Romney did not retaliate, but instead allowed the airline crew to respond to the incident."

Following the uproar, the plane returned to the gate where the passenger was removed by airport police. Romney was not injured.

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soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. D.U.T.C.H.

    And this is news why? News would have been if the passenger punched him or something of that nature.

    February 16, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  2. Ferret out the BS

    This is why the politicos get private or corporate transportation so they don't have to put up with the same crap the rest of us slugs out there have to put up with. Gee couldn't Mitt have afforded a first class seat for his wife?

    February 16, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  3. Al-NY,NY

    He did kick the guys seat a few times..... I didn't know that seats could recline so much that it would be a problem.

    February 16, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  4. Jeff

    Interesting that Romney was on a commercial flight seated in a coach seat. Despite all the money he has made, apparently the stories of his frugality are true.

    I hope he runs for President again because I think he has the skills at turning enterprises around that America so desperately needs right now.

    February 16, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  5. Louise

    There are some i*diots in this world. Why would you ever threaten someone with violence on an airplane? Surely you know its only going to end badly for you. Well done Mr Romney for sticking up for his wife, and well done for not retaliating with violence yourself.

    February 16, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  6. Jake

    The party of "yes we can" did it.Yes we can destroy jobs.Yes we can waste 787 billion dollars for nothing.Yes we can waste money on cash for clunkers. Yes we can drop the health care bill. Yes we can fail to have a plan Yes we can quadruple the deficit Yes we can BLAME our failure on someone else. Come November we will have "CHANGE" we can believe in when you Dems are sent packing.Bye Bye Morons

    February 16, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  7. KM

    Before I choose sides I would like for CNN to do more responsible journalism and report whether or not the passenger was asked to return their seat upright during takeoff or landing or during the flight. If it was during takeoff and landing then this may have been justified but if it was during the normal course of the flight then maybe not.

    February 16, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  8. Joseph

    Is he a democrat or a liberal?

    February 16, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  9. Laverne

    Too bad the passenger didn't actually get a chance to deck him one. Mitt is one creepy guy!

    February 16, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  10. Doug,lib jersey

    Would seem that this passenger has something in common with the teacher in the news from Alabama, if you live in the blue and are objective, you know how a majority are, some of 'dem take their liberalness too far, but dont forget, their pacifists-lol.

    Now that anger is shown to lead to heart disease, I would hope that more Democrats change their ways of thinking and living. A simple drive on a blue state road shows their major anger problem.

    February 16, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  11. Phuq Ewe Tu

    This was a perfectly normal response towards a Republican because their goal is to screw the middle class while becoming millioniares. The man was justified – Romney hates poor people, kids without insurance, and the U.S. Constitution.

    February 16, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  12. Brian L

    Another case of Republicans always telling us what to do..... Can't they just leave us alone?

    February 16, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  13. Jack Fl

    Another vote lost

    February 16, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  14. John

    As if I were to ask the same thing of a rude passenger that person would end up off the plane? How many times have you had to put up with some jerk putting his seat back into your face. Some people just have no clue!

    February 16, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  15. Myles

    So, Romney is like Ghandi? Is that what the article is trying to say? Or, are they suggesting that there's some "wild and crazy" liberal tea-bagger-like behavior going on?

    February 16, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  16. paula

    Oh Mitt, that's what you get when you sit in coach with all the riffraff.

    February 16, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  17. S Callahan

    That's pretty sad........glad they took that man off the plane.

    February 16, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  18. mike

    I wish i could have the power to do what he did but I guess when you
    are the average JOE the PLUMBER you will always be toss in the
    back of the bus

    February 16, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  19. Linda Va

    I am sure he just said "No"!!!!!!!!!(LOL)

    February 16, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  20. Sarge in Florida

    Does this man think he is GOD ??????

    February 16, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  21. Joe in CT - not Lieberman!!!

    I can definitely sympathize with Gov. Romney. Even in First Class, there really isn't the leg room for anyone taller than 5'8"! I have been on both ends of the same problem myself. It is just one of the discomforts of air travel based on ergonomic tables compiled after WWII based on people who grew up during the Great Depression with its associated nutrition problems. I commend Gov. Romney for allowing the airline personnel to do their job and not try anything himself.

    February 16, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It is ashame that there is violence toward anyone. My question is why did this guy not move his state or not react to Romney's request? Does this really warrant more than just a simple mention? I don't think so.

    February 16, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  23. Sgt. USMC

    Yeah, just let others do your dirty work for you huh Rom? Just like a repug. No COJONES.

    February 16, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  24. Who put the twit in twitter? Sarah!

    Did his hair get messed up ?

    February 16, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  25. J.Crobuzon

    Roof Dog Romney?

    February 16, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
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