Women Kicked Off Flight Insist They're Victims

They say the flight attendant was "just like a bully"

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    Karen Schorr, one of the passengers escorted off an Air Tran flight before it ever left the gate in West Palm Beach Monday.

    Three women who were strangers to each other before stepping on an Air Tran plane in Florida have bonded over an unlikely detour on their trip from West Palm Beach to Westchester.

    They say they were all unfairly escorted off Air Tran Flight 1451 before it even left the gate Monday afternoon.

    Attorney Marilyn Miller told a Florida television station that a flight attendant, whom she photographed on a cell phone camera, manhandled her carry-on bag Monday afternoon and was rude when she asked him to stop.

    "It was just like a bully and I found myself shaking," Miller said.

    Retired travel agent Carol Gray also had an issue, and requested help from the same flight attendant.

    "I said, 'Excuse me, sir, my seat is broken,'" Gray said. "And he looked at me and said, 'I'm not talking to you,' and poked me in the arm."

    Both women were reportedly removed from the flight, which was headed to White Plains, N.Y.

    Then therapist Karen Schorr, of Dobbs Ferry, was kicked off when she complained about the removals of the first two women.

    "What is happening is an abuse of power, and I'm not gonna be quiet," Schorr told NBC New York.

    "This is the most outrageous thing I've ever seen," she said. "These people did absolutely nothing. These women haven't done anything, and they're being thrown off a plane. This is crazy."

    The allegedly hot-tempered employee's treatment of the passengers bears a resemblance to that of Steven Slater, the JetBlue flight attendant who reportedly lashed out at passengers before exiting the plane on an emergency chute in August 2010.

    In this case, Air Tran said it was investigating but pointed out, "We compensated the passengers -- offering a gesture of goodwill for their inconvenience."

    Schorr said in response, "If we did something so terrible to be thrown off an airplane, why are you then rewarding us with free flights and food vouchers? It doesn't make sense."