Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Someone On This Airplane Is Wrong. But Who???

This story has it all. Okay, first the facts, as we know them. (We know them, so far, from the account of just one party.)

Dude—Matthew Klint, a 26-year-old preppy white man and a frequent flier blogger—boards plane. (The plane is a United plane.) Dude takes a few pictures of his seat. Flight attendant says pictures are forbidden, points out printed rules. (Photography is disallowed on-board, say rules: explicitly any photos of other passengers, crew, equipment and procedures are banned, with an exception for "personal events.") Passenger says nothing, puts away phone. Another passenger is told by flight attendant not to take pictures. First passenger summons attendant, explains that he's not a terrorist, and that he writes about airlines, and that's why he was taking pictures. Flight attendant goes to captain, captain boots passenger from the plane, saying that passenger kept taking photos after being told to stop and that flight attendant felt unsafe. Passenger protests, is threatened with arrest, then escorted off the plane. And rebooked on another flight.

So what story is this?

• Mansplaining Man Learns Important Lesson About Shutting Up

• Brave Traveler Stands Up to Nation's Ridiculous Security Theater

• Cash-Strapped Airlines Exhaust Staff Into Terrible Choices

• Flight Attendant Kicks Dingbat To Curb… OR… Flight Attendant Freaks Out on Normal Passenger

• Privileged White Man Gets Treated Like Everyone Else For A While, Freaks Out

Or… something else? All of the above? The comments on the traveler's write-up of the event are really and truly all over the map. But NOT ALL OVER THE PLANE. Haha, because he was kicked off, see. Anyway sad story. Or is it. (via)

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hershmire (#233,671)

Rule #1 on airplanes: Don't act like a big shot when you're not.
Rule #2: Don't ever say "I'm not a terrorist" after breaking a rule.

"The problem boiled down to a "he-said, she-said" situation and I don't begrudge the captain for trusting a member of his flight crew over me. But he also no interest in getting to the bottom of what happened; he just wanted to get the flight underway."

No shit, Sherlock.

"I'll be a 26 year old million miler flyer later in the year."

Ah, I remember when the world owed me everything.

petejayhawk (#1,249)

@hershmire Anyone who suffers through a million miles worth of United flights deserves all manner of preferred treatment.

IBentMyWookie (#133)

What has to happen to you in your life that leads to "frequent flier blogger" being what you write on your tax forms?

@IBentMyWookie : I particularly enjoy how he straightfacedly relates that he was all "no, it's OK, I'm a frequent-flier blogger, see, here's my BUSINESS CARD THAT SAYS SO".

In related news, this note from my mother should clear things up.

thematt (#222,196)

The problem here is, as it is so often in life, that
(1) authorities really do go overboard in restricting people's freedom, but
(2) people who insist on exercising their freedom have a tendency to be douchebags.

If I were sitting next to this guy, I would … I would just hate everyone involved the same amount, I think.

@thematt All that is required for evil to succeed is for douchebags to stand up to it.

stuffisthings (#1,352)

@thematt This is exactly how I feel about people who insist on filming cops (and laws against doing so.)

Niko Bellic (#1,312)

@thematt I'm confused now. So, not every story has exactly two sides of which everyone must choose one, like CNN tells us?

hockeymom (#143)

Just like Rashomon. With planes and twitter.

deepomega (#1,720)

I'm sure there's no other way he could have made his case, other than claiming to not be a terrorist (undercurrent: "Because I'm a white dude!") and then talking about how many frequent flier miles he had. Thus, as soon as the rules about photographs were implemented, this outcome was predestined. An immovable asshole meets an unstoppable bureaucracy, &c.

SkinnyNerd (#224,784)

Flying man does not get Amish Airlines.

Ham Snadwich (#11,842)

Wtf is a personal event?

@Ham Snadwich Mile High Club.

Ham Snadwich (#11,842)

@Krugmanic Depressive – I was thinking "baby's first plane ride", but that makes more sense. Although I would think "first time I got thrown off a plane" would qualify too.

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