The passenger who rebuked an employee at Istanbul Airport on Thursday has been banned from the airline on which she traveled and has now been subjected to several investigations due to her insulting comments.
Funda Esenc booked a seat with Atlasglobal Airlines to fly from the new Istanbul Airport to Bodrum on Thursday 25 April. Due to a delay in the flight, the passengers’ boarding time was also delayed.
A female ground-service staff member, Tugce Selvi, was trying to explain the delay to the waiting passengers when she was faced with harsh verbal abuse from Esenc.
Esenc was captured on video, taken by other passengers, arguing with and firing insults at Selvi. The video went viral on social media and people took a firm stand against the insulting comments of Esenc.
In the recording, Esenc is heard shouting, “Think a little bit more instead of fattening your big ass! Don’t touch me! I do not touch gypsies! Street trash!” Other passengers who were also in the waiting area reprimanded Esenc for her impolite attitude.
As reported by Daily Sabah, Atlasglobal announced the cancellation of Esenc’s return ticket due to her immoral behavior, and her name was added to a list of people who are banned from flying with the airline.
Hours after the scandal broke out, the relevant airline posted on Twitter stating that they condemn the behavior of the passenger and assure that legal proceedings will be taken against her.
Reportedly, an investigation has already been launched by the Public Prosecutor of Istanbul’s Gaziosmanpasa district, under which boundaries the Istanbul Airport falls.
Selvi showed her gratitude towards the people who stood up for her and the airline in an Instagram post stating, “Thank you for your support.” She is expected to file a complaint against Esenc on Monday, claimed local media.