Who is Kelci Cashman? Woman taken off flight over mask protest identified as Texas realtor
Kelci Cashman was caught on camera hurling homophobic slurs at a passenger before being taken off a flight bound for Dallas
The Texas woman who was launching a homophobic diatribe before being taken off a plane for not complying with Covid-19 guidelines has now been identified
Kelci Cashman, a real estate agent from Dallas, was caught on camera hurling homophobic slurs at a passenger before being taken off a flight bound for Dallas Fort Worth International Airport over refusing to wear a face mask. Cashman's former sponsoring broker distanced itself from her as the controversy erupted. It also emerged that she protested the mask protocols despite her father being seriously ill from Covid-19 last year.
Cashman was heard in the clip repeatedly calling an unidentified passenger a "f***ot" before she and her children were escorted off the plane. "No one wants to listen to your bigotry. Get off the plane," a fellow passenger said as the woman departed the flight, prompting some passengers to applaud. Cashman, however, returned moments later with her mask around her chin to argue further with the passengers.
"You corrupted Disney," she declared, before yelling, "You think I talk to my kids about same-sex marriage?"
"No, we don't talk about that. But if we all want to talk about it, let's talk about it," she continued, before mumbling something about "lesbians" and making her way to the exit.
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Who is Kelci Cashman?
The Los Angeles Blade confirmed that Cashman and her group, which included multiple children, were taken off the aircraft because they wouldn't wear masks. Blad reportedly found her name in online comments on the viral video. Meanwhile, Dallas Morning News didn’t publish her name but identified her as a local real estate professional.
Under Texas state law, real estate salespersons are required to work under a sponsoring broker that holds the individual's real estate license in their first few years as an agent. Cashman's former sponsor, It's Closing Time Realty, reportedly received a barrage of emails, phone calls, and threats calling for the company to fire her. This caused the real estate firm to release a statement condemning her "appalling" behavior and clarified that she was no longer associated with them.
"It's Closing Time Realty has received many calls, emails, text messages, social media messages, and even threats regarding Kelci (Dunavin) Cashman and her recent display of rage," the company said in a statement on its website. "Kelci (Dunavin) Cashman is no longer associated with our brokerage. Her sponsorship with It's Closing Time Realty was terminated in January 2021."
"We are appalled by her recent display of outrage and comments on the airline. It's Closing Time Realty does not support Kelci (Dunavin) Cashman, her comments or behavior," the statement added. "We take pride in our reputation and hold our agents to the highest possible standards of ethics and professionalism. We are working diligently to have all internet posts associating us with Kelci (Dunavin) Cashman removed immediately."
Cashman now has her own real estate company called Kelci Cashman Real Estate, but her personal and business social media accounts have been taken down since the controversy erupted.
According to the International Business Times, Cashman protested mask protocols despite her father being seriously ill from Covid-19 last year. Shawn Dunavin was in the ICU last October after becoming infected with the pathogen. Cashman had even launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds to pay for her father's medical bills.
"We are asking for help in a time of need. First and foremost, we're asking for prayers for Shawn Dunavin," she wrote in the description at the time. "He is currently in ICU with COVID-pneumonia. He was admitted on Oct. 30th but has been sick since Oct. 22nd. His struggle has been a roller coaster - his oxygen goes up and down, and he is still very weak."