Citizen's arrest


A bipartisan Senate proposal that would toughen penalties for unruly airline passengers is receiving lusty huzzahs from the flight attendant community. If passed, the bill would ban these pains-in-the-air from flying for up to a full year.

Excepting the self-evident obnoxiousness of the lei-clad, over-mai-taied flier who feels that the only place to properly execute an air-hula is from atop a tray table, I have to wonder how incidents of passenger unruliness will be judged objectively. If I feel that I am being treated unfairly by a flight attendant and speak up, does that make me unruly?

Maybe a piece of turnabout legislation is needed to balance the equation here. Should passengers have the right to take obnoxious flight attendants into custody? Visions of a begoggled Barney Fife, cuffing an offensive attendant to the beverage cart while yelling "Citizen's arrest! Citizens arrest!" are dancing through my mind as I consider the idea.


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