Following on the proud tradition set by Alec Baldwin in 2011 who was infamously thrown off one an American flight after refusing to turn off his phone and becoming combative with flight staff…
Two incidents in two months involving passengers being kicked off planes for cell phone usage. The first was a 22 year old woman who fought airline staff as they removed her from US Airways flight 906 scheduled to fly between Fort Lauderdale, FL to Charlotte, NC. She reportedly “kicked a deputy in the groin, elbowed another in the face and scratched two other deputies”.
Lindsay Bien-aime was travelling with her young son. She allegedly refused multiple crew requests to switch off her mobile. When authorities attempted to take her off the plane at 636am, they were met with expletives and violence. She has been charged with assault and the flight was delayed 25 minutes as a result of the incident.
Of course, The whole thing was captured on another passenger’s camera. I wonder if they switched off their electronics when requested! Clearly not! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4Yv7M0TnrE&sns=em
You can hear Lindsay’s own kid in the video saying, “Mommy, I’m scared” She was also recorded saying: “He knows that I cuss. People cuss in the world. He knows the real world. It’s okay. It’s okay, don’t hide your children from the world. It’s okay. People get arrested, people get arrested, people do sh**. So what’s your problem?”
US rapper Wale, who has recorded songs with Rihanna and Lady Gaga, was ordered off his Raleigh, NC to NY, NY American Airlines flight on July 23.
Wale complained about the incident to his three million followers on Twitter saying he woud never fly AA again.
There has been some discussion about allowing mobile phone usage during take off and landing but there is still a fear that a combination of multiple electronic devices may cause a disaster.
If asked, better to say “okay”. If nothing else, you may prevent my flight being delayed while the airline removes you!