When Passengers Won’t Take It

So maybe you don’t need a passenger bill of rights to get off a jet that’s stuck on the tarmac. Maybe you just need a percussion section.

Passengers on a Continental flight that was diverted to Baltimore and stuck on the tarmac for five hours last month were finally released after they clapped and drummed on the overhead bins until the pilot called the police.

Nobody was hurt, nobody was arrested, and though the passengers said they were threatened by a flight attendant and menaced by a police dog, they at least got off the plane.

The Baltimore Sun had the story. And if you have New York Times registration, you’ll want to read Joe Sharkey’s very interesting account.

I like the idea of passengers applying civil disobedience in these situations. Because civil rights is what this is all about – our rights as passengers, customers and the citizens of a democracy to self-determination and freedom of movement.

So remember the percussion trick. And sign the petition, too.

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2 thoughts on “When Passengers Won’t Take It

  1. Dan

    No what we Americans have to do is grow up and stop acting like scared children. And stop being racist, ignorant jerks. We don’t stop flights if people with Irish accents are on a plane, despite the fact that there are terrorist bombings in northern Ireland. We don’t stop flying when New Yorkers get on a plane despite the second worse terrorist attack in American history was done by someone born and raised there. But a brown person praying or talking in there native language delays a plane overnight.
    So please people. Don’t judge people because of racist stereotypes. Don’t freak out if the guy next to you on the plane is reading a Quran or praying or just talking to his buddy in another language. Just trust in the fact that a large majority of the people in this world are good, honorable people. Don’t be the stereotypical ignorant American.

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  2. Annonymous

    Hmmm… Maybe I should remind my parents not to speak Arabic while flying, so some trailer-trash passenger doesn’t mistaken them for terrorists.

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