Irate Southwest Passenger Objects to Putting Out Electronic Cigarette, Pelts Crew With Peanuts
A passenger on a Southwest Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City was arrested upon landing this week after an incident involving his refusal to put out his electronic cigarette. Pogos Paul Sefilian became argumentative, and used several temper tantrum tactics to express his dismay.
Told to put away his electronic cigarette--a device not permitted for use on the aircraft--at boarding time, Sefilian complied, but took it out for use again during the flight, explains KTLA. He was told again to put it away, however he became angry, and argued with the flight attendant.
A little later, court documents state, Sefilian threw peanuts and pretzels at the flight attendant and in the direction of the flight deck's door. He also stood up upon approach to Salt Lake City and opened up overhead bins, refusing to take his seat.
Sefilian's tantrum found him arrested at the gate by the FBI. He has been charged with "interference with a flight crew."