Check out this TechCrunch story about someone getting arrested for not turning off their electronic devices quickly enough. Or in this case, turning off their electronic devices quickly enough, but the flight attendant still calling the captain to call the authorities.
There are two sides to every story, and I’m sure there’s a bit more to this. But the fact that cops were called over what was no doubt a non event (even if the passenger was rude the whole flight, which I’m not saying he was) is sad.
What makes this story slightly more credible than the typical “I got kicked off a plane” story is that the guy’s a frequent flyer. That makes me a bit more likely to believe the story, since I would assume he knows the routine.
So the moral of the story is, be careful what you do on an airplane. Don’t get into any confrontations (I know, I shouldn’t be talking), and if you do but are in the right, make sure you have witnesses. When it’s a post-9/11 flight attendant vs. you alone, you lose.
But fortunately a vast majority of flight attendants aren’t like that. But when you catch a bad apple on a bad day, be prepared.
(Tip of the hat to Eric)