Defiant Passenger Delays Flight

Man Escorted off Plane After Confrontation with Attendant

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
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A US Airways flight scheduled to depart from Santa Barbara Airport yesterday afternoon was delayed after an unruly passenger swatted an attendant on the backside with his iPad.

Operations Manager Tracy Lincoln said airport patrol officers responded to a call of possible battery on a female flight attendant at 4:59 p.m. The incident occurred on the plane — headed for Phoenix and already delayed at the gate — as it made its way along the tarmac to the runway.

The attendant had twice asked the man to turn off his iPad in anticipation of takeoff. He refused both times. After the third request, he finally powered down the device, but when the attendant walked past the man, he smacked her on the rear with it. Alcohol may have been a factor in the incident, Lincoln said.

After speaking with both parties, officers escorted the 42-year-old man off the plane. The flight attendant has not decided if she will press charges or not, said Lincoln. The plane took off shortly after the man was removed, and the last Lincoln had heard, he was trying to book another flight to Phoenix.


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I just wanted to apologize to the attendant and the people on the plane who were delayed. Now who is giving me a ride back to AZ?

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
May 14, 2013 at 5:37 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Just so everyone knows, I am kidding, and I would never use an I-Pad to smack anyones behind, there is no fun in that, I would use my hand.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
May 14, 2013 at 5:39 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Stop imitating me AZ2SB.

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
May 15, 2013 at 9:06 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"Alcohol MAY have been a factor" Hahahaha!!!!!!! Battery with an Ipad or and Ipad with a battery?

bimboteskie (anonymous profile)
May 15, 2013 at 10:53 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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