United flight from Sydney to San Francisco re-routed to Auckland after passenger loses his shit.
A New Year's Day flight from Sydney to San Francisco had to be diverted after a man launched into a racist, homophobic tirade, verbally abusing other passengers and the cabin crew.
Witnesses say the unnamed 42-year-old American passenger became angry when two men seated on either side of him, who were described as being of South Asian descent, spoke to each other over him.
In a video of the incident, posted on Facebook by another passenger, the man can be heard yelling at a flight attendant, "If you guys treat people right on these things, you see two last names the same, don't put someone else in the middle of them. I'm not yelling… you want to hear me fucking yelling."
"Do you know how cool it would be to have the airplane turned around because of me?" taking his rant to the next level of asshole. "You are going to do that? You do that? I'm being so impolite aren't I? Fat ass."