Tells FAs "Kiss My [Expletive]" When Told To Hang Up
Here's a friendly hint: when the
flight attendant tells you NOT to take that call... you'd better
follow their advice, regardless of circumstances. Alas, an Austin,
TX businessman failed to heed repeated warnings to do just that on
a recent Southwest Airlines flight from Austin to Dallas, and was
charged with a crime as a result.
The Dallas Morning News reports Joe David Jones was met by
police upon landing at Love Field (DAL,) and charged with
disorderly conduct -- a Class C misdeamenor, that carries a fine up
Jones reportedly got on his cell phone as the jet began its
descent into Dallas on Monday. "After multiple requests, the flight
attendants were not successful in getting the passenger to get off
the phone," Southwest spokeswoman Brandy King said.
According to the police report, Jones twice told flight
attendants "Kiss my [expletive]" when told to end his call. He
remained on the phone for about 20 minutes... and continued to be
disruptive even when police met him at the gate.
Jones, 50, is president of Skyonic Corp., an Austin-based
environmental start-up company. A spokesman for Skyonic told the
DMN Jones had received a message inflight that his father had
suffered a heart attack, and he was trying to reach the cardiac
unit where his father was being treated.
"He did express regrets for any inconvenience, but due to the
life and death circumstances, he felt he needed to make the call,"
spokesman Mark Clayton said.
Southwest spokeswoman Beth Hardin replies if that was indeed the
case, the airline sympathizes... but it's not Southwest's call to
make. "It was a safety regulation that we're required to enforce,
and we're simply not in a position to make exceptions," she
The FAA bans use of cellphones on all aircraft when inflight
over the United States, based on safety recommendations by the
Federal Communications Commission. If a carrier is found to have
allowed such usage, it can face a hefty fine.