Mitt Romney is used to politicians taking shots at him, but was caught off guard when a plane passenger took a swing.
An unhappy man on a flight out of Vancouver got the boot on Monday when he threatened the former Massachusetts governor.
Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom says the one-time presidential candidate and his wife, Ann, were an Air Canada plane which was getting ready to take off when the incident occurred.
The man seated in front of Mrs. Romney pushed his seat back, and when the GOP politician asked that he put his seat upright for take off, the passenger became "physically violent," according to Canada's The Globe and Mail.
The ex-gov did not retaliate, his spokesman said, as the airline crew intervened. The plane returned to the gate, the man was ejected, and the flight resumed.
Romney was the CEO of the 2002 Salt Lake Games, and he and his wife were guests of honor at the Vancouver Olympics.