Saturday, July 16, 2011

Denied e-cigarette, unruly flier pelts attendant with peanuts

What happens when a nicotine craving airline passenger gets denied his fix?  He goes nuts, literately!  A Southwest Airlines passenger was arrested Monday July 11th on charges that he hurled bags of peanuts and pretzels at a flight attendant.  The man apparently was upset the attendant refused to allow him to use an "electronic cigarette" on the flight.  According to reports, Pogos Paul Sefilian, 42, of Sandy, Utah, became "combative" over the issue while on Southwest Flight 188 from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City.

The incident appeared to begin when Sefilian started using his "e-cigarette" after boarding the plane.  The attendant asked him to put it away and informed him it could not be used on the plane. That apparently did not sit well with Sefilian.  Next up Sefilian argued with the flight attendant, but stowed the device, according to the complaint.  But after takeoff, he pulled it out and became enraged when the attendant again asked him to put it away.

The Associated Press cites the complaint as saying:  "Later in the flight, (Sefilian) began to throw peanuts and pretzels at the flight attendant."  He also target the cockpit door with his snack attack.
The FBI was waiting for Sefilian when the plane landed in Utah.  He was arrested and charged with interfering with a flight crew.  He was being held in a Utah jail Wednesday pending a detention hearing on Thursday, according to AP.

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