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Originally published Friday, August 22, 2014 at 3:54 PM

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Passenger charged in preflight cellphone dispute

Man refused to turn off phone and fought with flight attendants aboard plane departing Cleveland.


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Good. How selfish of him to waste everyone's time by refusing to stop talking on his phone. Hundreds of people were... MORE

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CLEVELAND — Cleveland authorities say a traveler who refused to turn off his cellphone and fought with flight attendants as a plane taxied for takeoff has been jailed and charged with aggravated disorderly conduct.

Federal regulations allow passengers to use cellphones in airplane mode or with cellular service disabled but not for voice communications.

Bowie, Maryland, resident Jay Peck was charged Friday. No attorney and no scheduled court appearance are listed for him.

Police say Peck argued with attendants and passengers on a Baltimore-bound Southwest Airlines flight from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport late Thursday. The captain returned to the gate, where police boarded the plane and arrested Peck.

A spokesman for Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Inc. says the flight proceeded normally after Peck was removed.



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