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Passenger Kicked Off Flight For Tweeting About ‘Rude’ Gate Agent

A Southwest Airlines truck drives down the tarmac at Denver International Airport in Denver January 22, 2014. Southwest is expected to report higher fourth-quarter results when they announce the results January 23, 2014. The discount airline raised luggage fees at its AirTran unit and launched new fees tied to certain boarding positions at the gate to raise revenue.   REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS TRANSPORT) - RTX17QCN A Southwest Airlines truck drives down the tarmac at Denver International Airport in Denver January 22, 2014. Southwest is expected to report higher fourth-quarter results when they announce the results January 23, 2014. The discount airline raised luggage fees at its AirTran unit and launched new fees tied to certain boarding positions at the gate to raise revenue. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS TRANSPORT) - RTX17QCN  

A recent passenger says he was kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight for complaining about a “rude” employee on social media.

Duff Watson of Minneapolis told CBS Minneapolis WCCO he had priority status to board a flight from Denver to his home city on Sunday, but was unable to do so when a gate agent refused to let his six-year-old and nine-year-old board with him.

Watson tweeted “Something to the effect of, ‘Wow, rudest agent in Denver. Kimberly S, gate C39, not happy @SWA.’”

After the three took their seats, the agent forced the family to deplane, explaining that she felt threatened by the tweet, and that the family would be unable to board the flight until Watson deleted it.

“She said ‘I’m going to call the cops,’” Watson’s daughter said. “I, like, thought something bad was going to happen, like my dad being in jail.”

Watson eventually complied, and the family was allowed to re-board the plane to Minneapolis.

“I was left, you know, very upset, very embarrassed, very humiliated,” Watson said. ”There was no use of profanity, there were no threats made. There was nothing other than, you know, a terse exchange between a customer service agent and a customer.”

The airline has since apologized for the incident and offered Watson and his family each a $50 travel voucher, which only served to further outrage the father of two. Watson said he’ll never fly Southwest again.

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