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Flight Diverted to Chicago After Passenger Lights Cigarette, Gets 'Belligerent'

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Old Apr 10, 19, 8:24 am
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Flight Diverted to Chicago After Passenger Lights Cigarette, Gets 'Belligerent'

A cross-country flight was diverted to Chicago early Wednesday after a passenger lit a cigarette then became "belligerent" when a flight attendant told him to put it out, officials said.

Alaska Airlines flight 1138, headed from San Francisco to Philadelphia, landed at O'Hare International Airport at around 4:22 a.m. CST "due to a disruptive passenger onboard and out of an abundance of caution," a spokeswoman for the airline said in a statement.
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Old Apr 10, 19, 9:03 am
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In all my years of flying I have luckily only encountered the "problem" flyer only a handful of times and all eventually conceded to the flight crew. Only one time NYC-LAX on TWA in the 80's when a group of drunk folks refused to sit down for push back which eventually led to the flight being canceled. Think that would be handled differently today. However it seems like these incidents are happening more and more and I for one wish there were more harsher penalties than what appears to occur. I understand some of these incidents are a result of mental illnesses but a fair amount are fueled by booze. I am not sure if it is worth the airlines time to sue the individual for operational costs or whether that would ever make a difference in modifying behavior, but as I said, it seems to be coming more of a trend.
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Old Apr 10, 19, 7:16 pm
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First incident, loss of flying privileges for a year. Second incident, 2 years. Third incident, you can fly but we let you out at 30K feet.

I am fine with all of those, let them greyhound it for awhile.
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Old Apr 10, 19, 10:38 pm
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Originally Posted by TheotherJames View Post
First incident, loss of flying privileges for a year. Second incident, 2 years. Third incident, you can fly but we let you out at 30K feet.

I am fine with all of those, let them greyhound it for awhile.
first incident: pay compensation for affected passengers (in this case 1+ hr delay... say $200 per pax) plus extra cost incurred by airline (fuel, salaries, landing fees, ...) plus no-fly list for a year

second incident: same as above... but 10 years on no-fly list

third incident: same as above... but 100 year on no-fly list
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Old Apr 11, 19, 1:33 am
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Originally Posted by TheotherJames View Post

let them greyhound it for awhile.
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