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UPDATED: Ann Coulter vs Delta tweet battle continues

Conservative pundit Ann Coulter unleashed a tweetstorm on Delta Air Lines on Saturday night, complaining about being moved out of a particular seat with extra legroom that she pre-booked.

In one tweet Coulter refers to Delta as "the worst airline in America."

Just when you think it's safe to fly them again, the worst airline in America is STILL: @Delta

— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) July 15, 2017


Coulter had booked a preferred seat in the exit row with extra legroom and was moved to a different seat in the same exit row, according to Delta. The airline said it "inadvertently" moved Coulter from an aisle seat to a window seat in the exit row on the other side of the aisle "when working to accommodate several passengers with seating requests."

Although Atlanta-based Delta has a mostly non-union workforce with pilots as the only major unionized employee group, Coulter asked: "Does your union hate you, @Delta?"

Does your union hate you, @Delta? Not really worth spending all that money on planes when @Delta gate staff give your seat away.

— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) July 15, 2017


Delta responded via Twitter with an apology.

I understand how this must be extremely frustrating, Ann. I'd like to extend my sincere apology. (cont.) *HJB

— Delta (@Delta) July 16, 2017


The airline said it is sorry she "did not receive the seat she reserved and paid for," and will refund the $30 extra Coulter paid for the preferred seat.

Coulter also posted a photo of the passenger she said was given her seat.

If you thought it was about $30, @Delta, why didn't you give this woman $30 and let me stay in my PRE-BOOKED, ASSIGNED seat? pic.twitter.com/sR1g8tuRWX

— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) July 17, 2017


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In describing the series of tweets from Coulter, Delta said "what started out as complaints eventually turned into a public attack on the airline’s employees and customers."

Here's more from Coulter's tweetstorm.

On JetBlue vs Delta:

.@JetBlue has free wifi and doesn't wantonly remove passengers from their assigned seats, booked in advance FOR A REASON. @Delta sucks.

— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) July 15, 2017


Coulter on Delta airport customer service and in-flight crew:

Suck-ass @Delta spends all this $$$ on beautiful aircraft & then hire Nurse Ratchets as flight attendants & gate agents.

— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) July 16, 2017


Coulter on a fellow passenger:

Hey @Delta, if it was so important for the dachshund-legged woman to take my seat, she should have BOOKED THE SEAT IN ADVANCE. Like I did.

— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) July 16, 2017


In addition to the apology to Coulter, Delta issued a statement Sunday saying "we are disappointed that the customer has chosen to publicly attack our employees and other customers by posting derogatory and slanderous comments and photos in social media. Her actions are unnecessary and unacceptable."

"Delta expects mutual civility throughout the entire travel experience," Delta said in its statement.

On Sunday, Coulter tweeted further on the Delta incident.

Not kicked off -- kicked out of CAREFULLY PRE-BOOKED seat to a less desirable seat, without explanation, apology, etc. https://t.co/b3LGOLlOhW

— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) July 16, 2017


On Twitter, Delta responded:

@AnnCoulter We're sorry you did not receive the preferred seat you paid for and will refund your $30. (cont.)

— Delta (@Delta) July 16, 2017

@AnnCoulter Additionally, your insults about our other customers and employees are unacceptable and unnecessary.

— Delta (@Delta) July 16, 2017


And on Sunday evening and Monday, Coulter responded in kind:


I have been the picture of politeness. If I treated customers they way @Delta does, I'd deem "facts" impolite, too. https://t.co/XnM1L16Yru

— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) July 17, 2017


I bet the @delta corporate office LOVES having SJWs running their customer relations. https://t.co/6zhuHuOpIF

— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) July 17, 2017


Today's consumer quiz: Why is @delta worse than @united? A: United drags customers off the plane, but soon Delta will have to drag them ON.

— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) July 17, 2017


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