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New York Senator Chuck Schumer Calls Flight Attendant 'B-Word'

By DNAinfo Staff on December 16, 2009 1:43pm  | Updated on December 16, 2009 2:37pm

New York Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)
New York Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)
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MANHATTAN — New York Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is known to be a talker, but this time he said one word too many — and it was rude.

Schumer referred to a female flight attendant as a b--ch aboard a US Airways flight from New York to Washington, D.C. on Sunday after she asked the senator to turn off his phone.

The senator was reportedly traveling with fellow New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and both were talking on their cell phones when a flight attendant made the announcement that it was time to turn off their mobile devices.

Neither senator complied, according to a Republican aide who sitting near near the New Yorkers on the flight, according to Politico.

"He argued with her about the rule," the GOP aide told Politco. She said she doesn’t make the rules, she just follows them."

Schumer apparently mumbled the word "b--ch" under his breath in response to the flight attendant's request.

“The senator made an off-the-cuff comment under his breath after the flight attendant walked away," said Schumer spokesman Josh Vlasto. "He shouldn’t have made it, he regrets it and he has apologized for it.”