Here is a situation that is almost too bizarre to believe. But, evidently it happened since the airline involved is being most reluctant to answer questions. Is it possible for a flight to be diverted because passengers complain about violence on video screens? There may be an answer coming from United.
A family traveling from Denver to Baltimore on United claims that their flight was diverted by the captain because the parents requested that the in-flight movie, “Alex Cross,” be turned off.
The parents, thus far unnamed, wrote a letter to The Atlantic about the incident. According to the letter, after the flight took off, the flight crew lowered the TV screens and began playing the PG-13-rated cop thriller starring Tyler Perry.
The parents, whose children are 4 and 8, believed the film to be too violent for their kids. “Alarmed by the opening scenes, we asked two flight attendants if they could turn off the monitor; both claimed it was not possible” and would be a nuisance to the people behind them.
Upon making an unscheduled landing at Chicago O’Hare Airport, “a police officer boarded the plane and allegedly asked the family to gather their things to disembark.”
TSA chief: I’m still going to let knives back on planes
Despite howls from the flight attendants’ unions and more than a hundred letters from Congress, TSA is moving ahead with their new rules streamlining the forbidden items list for flights. Small knives and some sporting equipment like hockey sticks and golf clubs will now be allowed.
Pistole replied in his letter Wednesday that 3 billion passengers have flown domestically since small scissors and knitting needles were allowed on planes “without a single reported disruption from these objects.” He aims to focus on riskier threats.
Locking and strengthening cockpit doors has reduced the risk that terrorists can gain control of a plane. But Pistole said the shoe bomber in 2001 and the underwear bomber in 2009 were able to smuggle non-metallic explosives onto planes, and intelligence suggests more bombers are trying to do so.
“Given these real and significant threats, security experts worldwide have concluded that small pocket knives and certain sporting equipment do not pose a security risk that would result in the catastrophic failure of an aircraft and the loss of all life on board,” Pistole wrote lawmakers.
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