Man Punches Teen Over Cell Phone Use on Plane

Posted Dec 29th 2010 10:30 AMUpdated Dec 30th 2010 11:12 AM

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When a 15-year-old teenager didn't turn off his cell phone as instructed on a Southwest Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Boise, Idaho, the 68-year-old passenger next to him on the airplane punched him, leaving a mark.

Russell Miller, a Boise resident, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery after the flight landed, according to Boise police.

"He thought he had to take action," says Lt. Kent Lipple. "The suspect decided to act on his own accord and he is going to spend some time in jail."

Miller was booked into the Ada County Jail, Lipple adds.

The teenager, who was traveling alone, did not require any medical attention.

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skb12172

"He thought he had to take action," says Lt. Kent Lipple. "The suspect decided to act on his own accord and he is going to spend some time in jail."


Yeah, way to poison the jury pool, Office Wanker. What ever happened to "innocent until proven guilty?" Lt. Kent Lipple should be immediately fired. Clearly, he cares nothing for the Constitution and due process.

January 16 2011 at 3:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
drl21086

A phone won't take down a plane despite what the ignorant masses think. If it did why would the terrorists need to use box knives.

December 29 2010 at 7:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Steve

The reason why they ask you to turn them off is not because they will crash the plane you buffoon. You're completely clueless and proud of it. Perhaps if you knew anything about the issue your post wouyldn't seem so utterly ridiculous.

December 30 2010 at 12:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jay

the wrong guy is behind bars.....
our 68 yr old Mendala .... lead us to the promised land
oh vanquished warrior....
no cell phones and teenagers must play outdoors
no flat screen tv games or computers to stare at for hours
roll a ball out and kick it around; shoot it thru a hoop
throw it downfield or hit it over the fence
feel that warm sun on your face and the wind on your rear
have a conversation with someone in the room
make eye contact, shake a hand and smile
.......... Free Russell

December 29 2010 at 12:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
stevedavid3

did the f...in brat spend any time in jail for disobeying the airline?

December 29 2010 at 12:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris

I could see punching the kid if the man told him again to turn it off and the kid told the man to f himself or something. But to just punch him outright, that's just being dumb. I dont turn my cellphone off right away when they ask me to especially if it has an airplane mode. If he punched me w/o saying anything............

December 29 2010 at 12:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Jafo

The instruction is to TURN OFF your cell phone, not put it in airplane mode. I guess the rules don't apply to you? You "interpret" the rules the way you want to, and that's what causes issues on planes and in other places. Turn off means turn off.

December 29 2010 at 12:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tejeanne

Oh My!

Yeah, any physical contact was totally out of line. But this self-centered, irresponsible teen didn't have enough common sense to follow basic safety instructions. So maybe he shouldn't have been in the air unescorted in the first place.

It's sad, but this is what happens when parents don't hold their kids to high standards of appropriate social / moral behavior.

And I'll warrant most mature considerate adults are hoping on some level thatf this experience teaches him and others who read this story some basic courtesey.

December 29 2010 at 12:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Will

The man in question, while he may have thought he was being helpful, deserves whatever punishment he gets. It was a cell phone, not a weapon.

December 29 2010 at 11:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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john monaghan

IF the cell phone endagered the flight was it not a weapon ?.

December 29 2010 at 12:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Al Baris

Again, we show a teenager that he does not have to follow rules and regulations if he doesn't want to. He was told to shut the phone off and should have obeyed.
Apparently, the police in Boise Idaho have nothing better or worser to prosecute than a man who was just trying to teach the kid a lesson.

If he spends an hour in jail he should sue the kid's parents, the police department, and then the airline in that order of responsibility.

December 29 2010 at 11:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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