Father and Son kicked off plane
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I totally agree! If we are going to start jumping at mice then I guess we never dealt with what happened properly. Honestly, it was a tiny video screen, who noticed that? I bet you wouldn't even be able to tell what it was from across the isle.
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Shannon - posted on 07/31/2010
Put yourself in the shoes of the passengers seeing this video play while you're sitting on a plane waiting for takeoff. The last thing I would want to see while sitting on a plane is a video of planes crashing into a building. It seems to me that the goal of the father and/or son was a form of terror. It would seem they were looking to get a laugh out of watching people react to seeing these particular images. I would want the pair removed from my plane.
Meghan - posted on 07/30/2010
I dunno...I just flew with my 21 month old and the only thing I was focused on was keeping him busy, making sure he didn't TOTALLY annoy the people around us and when the flight attendents where coming around with water. Someone could have ACTUALLY threatened to hyjack the plane and I probably wouldn't have noticed right away. It was a boy watching these movies on an Ipod screen...not a freakin 42" tv...I agree, maybe the dad shouldn't have allowed it (I doubt the boy was trying to be an ass) and like I said before...going from Canada to Orlando..I understand better safe than sorry, but what would they fly a plane into-Disney World?
I was once asked, in an airport lounge, if I was worried that the book I was reading - a murder mystery - would frighten anybody!
Who has the right to say what we should be watching and where?? If people are going to be scared, they should just toughen up.
Danielle - posted on 07/30/2010
At first thought I was thinking...they overreacted.
But after a couple of minutes of more thought...how would I feel if I were a passenger on that plane? If I saw a father and son watching that video it would scare the crap out of me. Air Canada did the right thing. They played it safe. Better to be safe than sorry. Imagine they hadn't of played it safe and something awful had happened?
It actually never occurred to me that they were anything but white from reading the article. I automatically presumed it was someone trying to test exactly how much they could get away with. Like the whole saying "bomb" in a crowded airport to see if people react.
They weren't prevented from flying. They just had to wait for the next flight for being stupid a**holes!
Sharon - posted on 07/29/2010
Um yeah - if they had been of middle eastern descent - I'd have been more nervous that they were watching 9/11 footage. Sorry but thems the facts.
I, personally, probably would not have thought much of anyone watching 9/11 footage, except "geeze, that is poor taste" POSSIBLY - I myself would watch it though if I were on an airplane/helicopter tour of NY (do they allow such things?) to compare THEN and NOW and as a personal rememberance for all our country lost that day.
But otherwise, I have no interest in reliving that day, especially as I board a commercial airliner.
Meghan - posted on 07/29/2010
My only thought was...depending on how old the kid is (can't remember) our kids all have a video that they watch OVER AND OVER again. My ex's son LOVED military movies. It is kinda silly that the dad didn't exercise some empathy...but maybe this was just his son's gig at the moment?? A ten year old from Cadada flying to Orlando PROBABLY isn't a terriorist.
That's it! Let's all promote terror and see if all the problems in our world go away. With the already heightened security in the terminal, I don't see what could be so scary about watching a video on your own personal gizmo. Honestly.
Before I seem callous about it, I knew people who's parents dies in the Trade Centre. My mother was friends with people who died in the Trade Centre. I am TERRIFIED of planes, as in to get me on one I have to be drugged, due to a childhood experience with an engine dropping off and an emergency landing needed. Still, I feel that people should have the freedom to watch what they want to watch. If you don't want to see it, don't look. It was an iPod, for God's sake, how hard is that to ignore? If he had it so that everyone could hear it, ask him to put headphones on.
Kelly - posted on 07/29/2010
Absolutely justified. The decision to watch that was a very bad choice. Part of the responsibility of airline crews and companies is to protect the safety and comfort of ALL passengers. Many a time I had smelly passengers removed from a plane for the comfort of others, and once we had a man removed (by agents) because someone had seen him studying airport schematics. In a post 9/11 world it is better to be overly cautious. Hopefully they will re-think their choice of entertainment next time. Now if only the people who travel in bikinis and booty shorts would re-think their choice.......
Rosie - posted on 07/29/2010
i'm torn on this one. i am leaning a bit more toward they were overreacting. watching video of terrorists attacks doesn't make you a terrorist, if that's the case i'm the worst terrorist out there, i've watched hundreds of videos on 9/11.
however i'm not STUPID enough to watch them on a fucking airplane. what nimrods!!!
a little off note, but before 9/11 i was with my friend who was sending her boyfriend off to spain. we waited in the airport with him, and they asked him if anybody else had packed his stuff for him and if there were any explosives in his bagging. she pipes in that she packed it full of explosives!!! winked at the lady,and then proceeded to laugh like it was some funny joke. both raphael and i looked at her and told her to shut the fuck up. needless to say a security man came waltzing over a few moments later. after 9/11 we probably all would've been detained and charged with some crime, and raphael sure would've missed his international flight. oh how, times have changed...
Kimberly - posted on 07/29/2010
I think it would be justified in the fact that its probally not the smartest thing you could watch on a plane and would make people a little nervous. Its up there in the top things NOT to do on a plane/ in an airport kinda like saying BOMB at an airport will get a very bad reaction from security. If they had done nothing and something had happened would we would be talking about why they didnt do something
I'm not sure.
I do think watching a video of a terrorist attack using aircraft was a pretty stupid choice for in-flight entertainment. It would have freaked me out a little if I'd been another passenger.
They got the next flight so I guess it's better to be safe than sorry.
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