In-flight fight for stubborn iPhone-loving teen
Fondle slab involved in a different kind of battery charge
A teenager who refused to turn off his iPhone during the landing of a plane got a punch from a fellow passenger for his trouble.
Police in Boise, Idaho, the flight's desination, arrested the alleged assailant, 68-year-old Russell Miller.
Miller reportedly became angry when the 15-year-old, who was listening to music and playing a game on his fondle slab, ignored requests from airline staff over the intercom to switch off electronic devices on the final approach on Tuesday night.
"He punched him so hard there was a mark on the teen's arm," Boise police spokesman Kent Lipple told a local TV station.
"That gave us probable cause to believe the reports from the other passengers."
However Miller told the Idaho Citizen the incident risks being "blown out of proportion". He said he had "tapped" the teen.
"I didn’t know this guy was a kid. I tapped him on his shoulder. He had been told [to turn off his cell phone]. I guess he thought he could get away with something.
"Maybe I overreacted. What’s done is done,” Miller said. “I have no animosity towards this kid whatsoever. I just wanted him to abide by the rules."
The pugilistic pensioner was charged with misdemeanor battery and will appear in court in January. Police said he faces a jail sentence. ®
And what about the refusenik?
So what is happening to the lab who refused to obey the rules? Are they prosecuting him?
I once had the misfortune to fly to Geneva next to Peter Mandleson while he was an EU commissioner. When the stewardess came round asking us to turn off electronic gadgets and remove our head phones, he just ignored her. She came back and asked him again, he grudgingly removed his headphones, only to put them back in the moment her back was turned. A short while later she tried again. Same response, ear phones out, ear phones back in.
I didn't realised I was supposed to hit him!
Kid was a terrorist
As you're supposed to turn your gadgets off for 'the safety of the plane, crew & passengers', presumably, the kid was obviously a terrorist.
Pensioner's lawyer should argue he was a simple patriot trying to thwart a terror attack, kid should be stuck in Gitmo and thrashed hourly.
I am, by the way, strongly tempted to launch a website............
...........for the purposes of collecting funds to have a medal struck for our elderly friend