Cabin crew, (meaning some self important jumped up trolly dolly) asked a Virgin passenger to put his shoulder bag under the seat rather than on the seat next to him. The passenger, no doubt a moron, responded by saying, “leave it there, maybe it’s got weapons and bombs in it”. He was then removed from the plane as the Cabin crew regarded his comments as “a threat to the aircraft”.
It doesn’t stop there. The passenger was prosecuted in the Adelaide (Australia) Magistrate’s Court and fined $3250. The report does not specify what the charge was. Magistrate Joseph Baldino told Brown his assertions might have been empty threats as there were no bombs or weapons in the bag. But he said “the authorities” were well within their rights to take the comments seriously. Mr Baldino said the offending would have created alarm and fear in the minds of the passengers who also had their travel delayed. “This is not a trivial offence by any stretch of the imagination,” he said.
What utter bollocks. If there had been any common sense at all used here, the cabin crew would have responded with a firm directive to the passenger to put his bloody bag where he was told to put it and that should have been the end of it. That we have allowed the fear of terrorism and over the top security on planes to lead to a situation like this is something that proves the claim that the terrorists are winning.
The guy was silly to make the joke, but that is all it was. A silly joke. The plane crew were bigger idiots for making a big deal of it and throwing the passenger off the plane. The “authorities” were idiots for wasting taxpayer money taking this fool to court. He’s homeless and broke and will not pay the fine or the costs ever. The judge is the biggest damn fool for giving the plane crew and the “authorities” credibility by endorsing their actions with his daft statements and a conviction.
This man did nothing. He did nothing criminal and not even mischievous. He merely uttered a few silly words, and for western civilisation to be held hostage to such ridiculous laws as this (and that the hopeless reporter will not even identify) shows either the terrorists have won or we are all weak and spineless idiots.