The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

7 May 2007

No box lunch on this flight

The Transportation Security Agency apparently has no respect for the Mile-High Club:

A California man may pay with prison time for a public display of affection on a plane. Carl Persing was convicted Thursday of interfering with flight attendants and crew members after he and his girlfriend, Dawn Sewell, were seen "embracing, kissing and acting in a manner that made other passengers uncomfortable," according to a criminal complaint.

According to an FBI indictment, Persing's face was pressed to Sewell's vaginal area during the September Southwest Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Raleigh, N.C. When a flight attendant gave them a second warning, Persing reacted angrily and the couple, both in their early 40s, were arrested when the plane reached its destination. At the time, the couple's lawyer claimed that Persing had his head in Sewell's lap because he wasn't feeling well and that the flight attendant had humiliated and harassed them.

So much for "You are now free to move about the cabin." Although I have to admit the "he wasn't feeling well" excuse adds considerably to the sheer risibility of the case. (How was she feeling?)

"As a potential act of terrorism, it's being a little oversensitive," Charles Slepian, an aviation security expert at the Foreseeable Risk Analysis Center, said about Persing's case. "After all, the mile-high club has been around for at least 50 years. But flight crews are sensitive that some passengers get upset when others get cozy, and that could erupt into an altercation."

Yet another reason to drive, I'd say.

(Via The Consumerist.)

Posted at 11:07 AM to Dyssynergy

And yet the real terrorists on a plane are screaming children.

Posted by: Dwight at 11:47 AM on 7 May 2007

Indeed. "Little boy, would you like to play outside for a while?"

Posted by: CGHill at 1:07 PM on 7 May 2007

I thought this sort of thing always happened in the rest room.

Heh. Box lunch.

Posted by: Mister Snitch! at 4:37 PM on 7 May 2007

This wasn't such a big deal back before airlines decided to cram 4 people in the space once allocated to 2.

Posted by: Venomous Kate at 7:00 PM on 7 May 2007

I was just trying to get my ... uh, tray... in the upright position.

Posted by: Dwayne "the canoe guy" at 11:14 AM on 8 May 2007