Bryan Garnett, JetBlue Passenger, Accused of Slapping Flight Attendant

Posted Jun 1st 2011 09:00 AM


Passenger Accused of Slapping JetBlue Flight Attendant

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Call it a reverse Steven Slater: A New York man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly slapping a Jet Blue flight attendant.

According to authorities, Bryan Garnett, 48, of Utica, was arrested when his flight from West Palm Beach arrived at Boston Logan International Airport.

Garnett is accused of slapping a male flight attendant. But, according to him, he merely pushed the attendant's hand away as the attendant tried to adjust Garnett's seat as he slept.

A Massachusetts court declined to hear the case, saying it has no jurisdiction as the incident took place on the ground in Florida, reports the Associated Press.

Prosecutors say JetBlue will have to pursue charges – likely of interfering with a flight crew and assault and battery – in Florida.

According to a JetBlue spokeswoman, the airline wasn't aware of the decision.

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Sounds like a lot of bigoted straight guys are posting here that gays are all grabby towards their junk. Not likely. Dumb straight guys project the way they treat women onto their cowardly fear of gay guys. Don't flatter yourself. We don't want you!

June 01 2011 at 8:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

sounds like the gay flight attendant was trying to cop a feel from the sleeping passenger. i would have punched him in the face if he was trying to queer me.

June 01 2011 at 8:03 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
meh blog

jetblue is awesome. typical idiot passenger disobeying all the rules. wake up and put your seat up. nobody cares that this loser wants to sleep.

June 01 2011 at 7:39 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Denis T

Jet Blue has nastiest flight crews ever!

June 01 2011 at 7:26 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

What a crock of bull! The flight attendant had no right to touch this sleeping passenger period! He should have gently awaken the passenger and told the passenger to adjust his seat belt. Any passenger asleep would have slapped the **** out of anyone touching them in the mid area below the belt while sleeping. Maybe the flight attendant wanted to fondle the passenger? The passenger needs to sue the airline and flight attendant for sexual contact below the waist.

June 01 2011 at 7:26 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to ohringen's comment

Where in this article did you read that the flight attendant touched this passenger at all, let alone below the waist? It says he was adjusting the seat, period!

June 01 2011 at 7:30 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

They need to throw the book at that flight attendant for this. Why did they show this passengers name?? Where is privacy in America?? He should have slaped his face for reaching for his private parts below the belt area.

June 01 2011 at 7:20 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
3 replies to patriot1too's comment

you not be touching anyone and that includes flight attendants. he should havebeen woken up and told we are about to land please put you seat in an upright position. but I have also have flight attendants act very rude to people. and don't care if you get upset. i told one airline If this happens again I will file a lawsuit.

June 01 2011 at 7:15 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to jnicholsmd's comment
Just Brian

as an active flight attendant i am sure the flight attendant woke him up asked him politely to put it up and the passenger said ok. the flight attendant then walked back and he seat was still back. so flight attendant with YOUR safety in mind put the seat up himself... stop knocking the flight attendant for respecting your limited space ( you are aware of the reason for seat backs going up during take off and landing NO your not.. its for the passenger behind you has an extra space to evacuate quickly.

June 01 2011 at 7:30 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

most male flight attendants, like male nurses and waiters are gay. most female flight attendandants are simply sex toys for the pilots when they stayover in hotels.

June 01 2011 at 6:59 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
4 replies to gposner73's comment
Just Brian

You people saying we are just pop pourers here is the good example of what you are saying.......If this man was in a deep sleep when the plane crashed and was not in control of his actions, He might appreciate the flight attendant more standing at the exit door saying come this way run jump run away from the plane. So listen to what you are saying about air hostess. you may be the one sleeping next and depend on the flight attendant to get the door open and advise you to which exit maybe usable at the time depending on the attitude of the aircraft on the ground. Grow up people... also if he read statics.... for your own safety you should never be in sleep mode during critical phases of flight....IE; take off and landing and all operations under 10,000 ft.

June 01 2011 at 6:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If the aircraft was on the ground, the seat would have already been in the upright position and locked position so one of two statements in this report is incorrect.. If they were on the ground, as the Massachusetts court has stated, there would be no reason for a flight attendant to be adjusting a passenger's seat. If they were in the air at the time of the incident, prior to final approach and securing the cabin for landing, it would make more sense. However, when the flight attendants come through for final check before taking their jumpseats for landing and the passenger's seat is not upright, the protocol for the attendant is to awake the passenger and inform him to adjust his seat because they are landing. In any event, it does not sound like the passenger disobeyed FAA rules or was unruly enough to merit being arrested. It seems to me that while all airlines have an occasional flight attendant with attitude, whether they have been in the job too long or whatever, but whatever their problem is should not become the paying passenger's problem. Jet Blue seems to have a greater number incidents involving allegations by their male flight attendants against paying passengers. And, typically, as the facts unfold they are unsubstantiated as proffered from surrounding passengers and deemed exaggerated (at best) or fabricated (at worst) account on the part of the attendant. Perhaps Jet Blue doesn't realize there is competition, but travelers do and this type of report is reason to look around.

June 01 2011 at 6:56 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to lovelaurie's comment
Just Brian

Give me a break If the fare (which means your purchased space on the aircraft not a particular seat) is the lowest one you'll book it and fly.

June 01 2011 at 7:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Just Brian

Airline fares are so cheap no matter which carrier you choose, its as if all airllines are skybusses and we know which type of passengers take the bus. In the air they have just a little more that the bus traveller , We appreciate the frequent fliers, who when hear the dings on the airplane know exactly what they mean and comply without instruction bottom line when you purchased your fare you agreed to adhere to crew member instructions at all times per the FAA

June 01 2011 at 7:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply