For anyone who has flown on a commercial airplane, you are familiar with the request made by a flight attendant, to turn off electronic equipment during takeoff and landings. These requests are made since it seems that electronic equipment could interfere with the electronics on the plane. I do not see that this request is unjustified nor an inconvenience to the passengers.
But on a flight out of Las Vegas a 15-year-old youth ignored the request and continued to play games on his Apple iPhone. One passenger took exception to the youths non compliance and socked the youth in his arm, bruising same. Upon arriving in Boise, ID., the man was arrested for assault. The youth was not cited and was left to continue on his trip.
According to one recent article it also stated that:
“First the 15-year-old should’ve listened to the stewardess. But he was out of line. I’m sure he did something to provoke the older gentleman, but he probably should’ve shown more restraint then he did by punching him. But having teenagers I know where he was coming from,” said Dan Kern of San Diego.
“Give him a ticket or some community service or make him go to a chalk board and write I won’t hit a teenager a thousand times and call it good. I think the teenager should apologize for whatever part of the story we don’t know. What are the rules for? Either follow them or don’t get on the plane,” said Kern.
What a can of worms. I think there were mistakes made by the youth, the man who hit the kid and possibly the flight attendants. A simple way to handle the issue was for the man to notify a flight attendant and let them deal with it. I am sure there is more to the story than what is being reported.