Saturday, July 23, 2005

Seatmates vs. politics

Your mother may have warned that it's risky to bring up religion or politics in certain company. With the passenger next to you, for one.

In September, an argument over the U.S. presidential election prompted the emergency landing of a Northwest Airlines jet in Winnipeg, Canada. A 58-year-old New York man was escorted from the plane and handed over to police.

The trouble began when he and a female seatmate began discussing the election. He supported John Kerry; she favored George Bush.

The woman complained to a flight attendant that he kept touching her shoulder and leg and smelled of alcohol.

The flight attendant ordered him to hand over a Snapple bottle, which was found to contain booze. He allegedly responded by dumping the contents on his seat and shouting vulgarities.

The man's lawyer said his client admitted having a few drinks but denies being drunk or belligerent.


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