Whether you side with the passengers or the workers who disciplined them, one thing is for sure: It doesn't take much in the post-9/11 era to get in trouble on airplanes or in airports for behavior that might not be a big deal at a ballpark, beach or mall.
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Federal rules say that "no one may interfere, intimidate or threaten a crew member," said Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Alison Duquette. "It's completely up to the pilot in command if they want to not allow someone to take a flight."
That means air crews have a lot of discretion in deciding what constitutes disruptive behavior.
"From my experience, if a passenger's behavior is offensive to other passengers on board, then the airline reserves the right to deny boarding or to ask for the passenger to be removed," said David Castelveter, spokesman for the Air Transport Association.
Cursing at a crew member or drunken behavior can lead to hassles, but so can a lot of other things. In May, a California man was convicted of interfering with flight attendants and crew members in a case that prosecutors said began when he became too affectionate with his girlfriend on a flight to North Carolina.
The case last fall of a woman ordered off a flight in Vermont while breast-feeding her baby resulted in protests in support of nursing mothers at airports around the country. The airline involved later said its policy does permit breast-feeding on planes. But Castelveter said there is no industry-wide policy on the issue.