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July 13, 2011

Southwest passenger jailed after throwing peanuts and pretzels at flight attendant

After being told he could not use an electronic cigarette during a Southwest flight on Monday, a passenger began throwing peanuts and pretzels at the flight attendant, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

Pogos Paul Sefilian of Sandy, Utah, started fighting with the flight attendant on Southwest flight 188 on Monday as it left Los Angeles, heading for Salt Lake City. The article says that Sefilian was using an electronic cigarette after boarding the plane and was informed by a flight attendant he couldn't use it.

He argued with the flight attendant but put the device away. However, he took it back out after take-off and was told again not to use it.

"Later, he threw peanuts and pretzels at the flight attendant and at the flight deck door in an apparent attempt to protest the airline's policy banning electronic cigarettes," the article says.

FBI agents arrested Sefilian once the plane landed. He has been charged with interference with a flight crew.

-Andrea Ahles

 

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Comments

Rob

The guy is a jerk, plain and simple. It's up to the airline to decide what they want on the plane, and they decided against e-cigs.

As an e-cig user, I'm disappointed that one of the few mentions the product gets is a schmuck who doesn't know how to behave in public. It makes the rest of us look bad.
Maybe one day airlines will take a positive stance in allowing their use, but that day is not today, and that information is readily available.
If you're interested in information about e-cigs, check out the site I've linked for reviews and opinions by current e-cig users and decide for yourself if e-cigs sound useful for you.

ACitizen

All the airlines should get together and maintain a "NO FLY LIST" for people like this. Hopefully this idiot will be banned from Southwest forever, but the only way to stop this type of behavior is for ALL airlines to cooperate and universally ban ALL passengers who interfere with flight crews.

James Vapor

People need to try to remember that not everyone is educated about e-cigarettes, and until they are, we're going to have to be patient with these types of regulations. Throwing a fit is not a good way to get your way.

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