Will this little fiasco help Washington to change the rules regarding passengers actions on board todays airlines? Well if it needs any help from Washington powers I think they have a good shot at it now. The former Presidential Candidate was attacked while trying to return to Los Angeles after going to the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, BC over a reclining seat and a passenger who was very upset. He wasn't hurt and we are all lucky. Now maybe Washington lawmakers can make some changes to the way passengers act onboard the aircraft!!!! We will see if aything changes when something happens on many aircraft!
Have a good flight and remember to Be Proavctive and not Reactive!!!
BlkAv8tor2003Mitt Romney's in the news this morning due to a disturbance on an airplane. No, he wasn't thrown off the plane for being too fat like film director Kevin Smith, but because an irate passenger took a swing at him. Former governor Mitt Romney was attacked by a passenger on an Air Canada flight Monday morning.
The former 2008 Republican presidential hopeful had been in Vancouver since Friday for the Winter Olympics. He was attacked as he was leaving Vancouver with his wife, Ann, according to Romney’s spokesman, Eric Fehrnstrom.
Romney, 62, reportedly asked the passenger sitting in front of his wife to raise his seat before takeoff after the passenger had reclined his seat.
The man allegedly became violent and took a swing at the former 2008 presidential hopeful.
A Canadian newspaper, The Globe and Mail, first reported the story, saying that Romney was “physically threatened” by a passenger.
"Gov. Romney did not retaliate, but instead allowed the airline crew to respond to the incident," Fehrnstrom said in a statement to the Globe.
Romney was not injured. The pilot returned to the gate, and the suspect was removed from the plane by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and was arrested. The same plane took off a short time later and later landed safely in Los Angeles.
Romney was the head of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics and was an honored guest at the 2010 games.
According to Canada's Globe and Mail, the request enraged the passenger and he became "physically violent."
The man was in the wrong for reacting the way he did. We can all agree on that. The passenger reclined his seat before take-off after the plane had left the gate. That's not allowed. Once the plane reaches the appropriate altitude, of course, reclining is OK -- although depending on leg-room and the size of the passenger behind you a reclining seat can make things miserable.
By the way, Romney was not flying first class. He was in row 15 of a Canadian Air Embraer ERJ-190. That's the economy section.
As for legroom the row provides 33 inches. That's not bad and very good for a regional jet.
Romney is 6'2" and the flight time from Vancouver to LA is just over 2 1/2 hours. So, assuming the passenger kept his seat reclined during the whole trip, it would have been a very uncomfortable flight for Romney. Not optimal, but bearable.