Passengers being removed from flights by law enforcement is pretty common, so it usually only makes the news when passengers are especially uncooperative.
Here’s an interesting situation from a Delta Connection flight, not because of how the passengers were acting, but because the flight attendant got on the PA to tell passengers not to videotape it — “ladies and gentlemen, this is not an opportunity to video anything. So if you can stop videotaping that would be extremely appreciated.”
Interesting. On one hand, disobeying flight attendant orders violates FAA regulations, so if you kept filming you could be removed from the plane. Similarly, airlines do often have policies against filming onboard.
On the other hand, we almost always see footage of inflight “situations,” and ultimately that’s a good thing. If the disturbance escalates, the video could always be used as evidence of what happened.
I’ve been on many flights where passengers were removed, but I’ve never heard the request not to videotape it, despite many people doing so.
Was the flight attendant actually making an order, or merely a recommendation?
(Tip of the to John DELTA)