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1 tweet was all it took to get this family kicked off a flight

It's a normal thing these days - getting upset about a customer service experience and then tweeting about it.

1 tweet was all it took to get this family kicked off a flight

Duff Watson (photo via Twitter).
Duff Watson (photo via Twitter).

This post originally appeared on PopSugar.

It's a normal thing these days - getting upset about a customer service experience and then tweeting about it. (Or, in the case of the Comcast call from hell, broadcasting the entire exchange over the Internet.) That's what one guy did while boarding a Southwest flight from Denver to Minneapolis, MN, this weekend, and it ended in dra-ma.

Duff Watson was boarding his flight with priority status, but the gate agent told him his two kids (6- and 9-years-old) couldn't join him. They'd have to wait their turn, she said.

Then he tweeted. "Something to the effect of, 'Wow, rudest agent in Denver. Kimberly S, gate C39, not happy @SWA,'" he told a local news station.

And that's all it took. Not long after boarding, all three were asked to get off the plane because the agent felt threatened.

"She said, 'You can't board the plane unless you delete that tweet,'" Watson said. He did, and the family made it to Minneapolis.

Southwest has confirmed the incident and said it's looking into it further. To make up for it, they apologized and offered Watson a $50 voucher for each family member.

Naturally, people took to Twitter to voice their opinions . . .

On both sides.

What do you think? Was the airline right or wrong in how they handled the situation?

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