What a kick


It's a traveler's worst nightmare: strapped into an airplane seat that's situated too close for comfort to the screaming baby, the way-too-jolly convention delegates or, as in the case of Pompano Beach, Fla., resident and potential Rockette Celeste Keenan, the 12-year-old boy who just couldn't sit still.

Keenan, to put it mildly, lost it. Unable to sleep on the Fort Lauderdale-Atlantic City flight because of the disturbance, she decided to remedy the situation through the delivery of a swift kick to the back of the kid's seat. Now she is facing up to six months in the pen and $5,000 in fines as a result of the incident.

On the surface, the punishment might seem excessive, but then, this was no toe tap. A witness at Keenan's trial said that the "mule-kick" she administered broke the seat and sent the kid's had crashing into the seat in front of his. It must have been like a freeway pile-up.

Anyway, Federal magistrate Joel Rosen convicted Keenan for assault and she's scheduled to be sentenced in December. It's behavior like this that gives air-rage a bad name.


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