US govt worker loses job after 'screaming' at mother, baby on plane

Ironically, Susan Peirez could be heard warning an air hostess she'd have her fired.
Ironically, Susan Peirez could be heard warning an air hostess she'd have her fired. Photo credit: Facebook / Marissa Rundell

A New York State government worker has been sacked after "screaming" at a woman and her crying baby and threatening a flight attendant's job on a flight from Manhattan to Syracuse.

Susan Peirez, an employee of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, was filmed angrily asking an air hostess if she could have her seat moved away from mother Marissa Rundell and her infant child.

The flight attendant rejected her request, prompting Ms Peirez to ask her for her name. Once she'd received that, she issued an ominous threat.

"Okay Tabitha, you may not have a job tomorrow."

That was the last straw for the air hostess, who then told another cabin crew member to kick Ms Peirez off the flight.

"Okay I'm sorry, I was really stressed out," Ms Peirez says, begging to retain her place on the plane, though to no avail.

"You just screamed at a woman and her baby," came the blunt reply.

The February 6 incident went somewhat viral, with Ms Rundell's video of it garnering more than 1.7 million views in the two weeks since it was posted - and it's now seen Ms Peirez lose her job.

"State employees are and must be held to the highest standard both professionally and personally," a spokeswoman for the New York State Council on the Arts told The Washington Post.

"We were notified of this situation and have commenced an investigation. This employee has been removed from the office and placed on leave until further notice and until the inquiry is resolved."

Ms Rundell has expressed her gratitude to the flight attendant for her help.

"Thank you to the lovely Delta flight attendant for not letting this women bully us," she wrote in her Facebook video's caption.

"This lady thought she was going to be rude to me and Mason now she has no way home today. Karma is a bitch."