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Cool Mitt Romney prevailed in air spat
Boston Herald | February 17, 2010 | By Renee Nadeau Algarin

Posted on 02/17/2010 4:26:00 AM PST by ninonitti

Former Gov. Mitt Romney showed the right stuff by keeping cool when an unruly airline passenger threatened the likely GOP presidential contender in a flap over reclining seats, experts said.

“There’s no need to get into fisticuffs over a reclined seat,” said etiquette guru Jodi R.R. Smith, president of Mannersmith.

Smith called Romney “generally one of the more well-mannered politicians on our national stage.”

The former Bay State governor and his wife, Ann, were on a flight from Vancouver to Los Angeles Monday when Romney asked the man sitting in front of his wife to put his seat upright for take-off.

The man became “physically violent” and threatened Romney, an aide said. The ex-governor allowed the airline crew to handle the incident.

The man was arrested and the Romneys continued on their Air Canada flight to Los Angeles.

“Gov. Romney did the right thing by not retaliating and not letting it escalate,” said Anthony Amore, former assistant federal security director with the TSA at Logan International Airport.

Travelers have learned the consequences of acting out on flights, Amore said.

“Before Sept. 11, there were a lot of incidents of air rage where people would get into altercations with the air crew,” Amore said. “It’s not as common to see two passengers have an altercation or a fight on an aircraft.”

Smith said passengers should be able to point out that a seat is reclined at take-off without worrying about their personal safety.

“If the person either snarls at you or ignores you, step number two is to enlist the help of a ‘powerful other,’ ” she said, applying the psychology term for a person of authority.

David Rowell, publisher of “The Travel Insider,” which includes travel tips and horror stories, suggested passengers who are upset with a fellow flier’s behavior ask a flight crew member if another seat is available. He said Romney’s experience is almost unheard of.

“I’ve certainly seen mean, nasty, drunk passengers, but I’ve never seen anything break into a fight,” the frequent flier said. “Just rude words exchanged and nothing more than that.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: Massachusetts
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Still flying commercial Mitt?

Why not give Nancy Pelosi a call next time you need a ride?

1 posted on 02/17/2010 4:26:00 AM PST by ninonitti
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To: ninonitti

Link: http://bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/20100217cool_mitt_romney_prevailed_in_air_spat/


2 posted on 02/17/2010 4:28:12 AM PST by ninonitti
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To: ninonitti

“etiquette guru Jodi R.R. Smith”!?

...they actually had to call a “guru” to ask if Mitt did the right thing? This isn’t under the heading of “etiquette”! It’s more under the heading of “self defense”!


3 posted on 02/17/2010 4:30:18 AM PST by albie
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To: ninonitti

If Romney had not tried to do the stewardess’
job, we would not need to hear Stephen Reynolds’s
side of the alleged incident that was stoked by Romney.


4 posted on 02/17/2010 4:32:47 AM PST by Diogenesis (Alea iacta est.)
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To: ninonitti

“Prevailed?”

He might have done the right thing, but prevailed means you are standing with your foot on the broken corpe of your enemy wiping the blood from your sword with the tattered remains of his flag. Not “allowed the airline crew to handle the incident”.


5 posted on 02/17/2010 4:34:32 AM PST by Pan_Yan (Is the sarcasm tag really necessary?)
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To: Pan_Yan

That could have meant the end of his presidential ambitions. Romney is too careful a fellow to fall for a provocation like that.


6 posted on 02/17/2010 4:38:48 AM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: SmokingJoe

I didn’t read the whole article, but the smells like it was a lefty who was trying to provoke just that sort of reaction...by going after Romney’s wife.

Wouldn’t be surprised at all.


7 posted on 02/17/2010 4:40:41 AM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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To: ninonitti

He could have merely slapped the person across both cheeks with an AMC work glove!


8 posted on 02/17/2010 4:42:29 AM PST by Doc Savage (SOBAMP!)
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To: SmokingJoe

My comment was about the stupid choice of words used by the author.I don’t even bother commenting about Romney anymore.


9 posted on 02/17/2010 4:43:35 AM PST by Pan_Yan (Is the sarcasm tag really necessary?)
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To: ninonitti

Romney handled it the way it’s supposed to be handled. Simple as that.


10 posted on 02/17/2010 4:48:46 AM PST by Krankor (nO)
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To: Pan_Yan

““Prevailed?”

He might have done the right thing, but prevailed means you are standing with your foot on the broken corpe of your enemy wiping the blood from your sword with the tattered remains of his flag. Not “allowed the airline crew to handle the incident”.”

Using your metaphor...Romney did prevail...he used the stewardess as his sword and won. He won without any loss to himself, indeed looks like he got favorable press and respect for his actions.


11 posted on 02/17/2010 4:48:49 AM PST by Wpin (I do not regret my admiration for W)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe
Very possible. Wouldn't put anything past 0bama, Soros, Axelrod et al . I still remember how 0bozo won his US Senate seat in the first place, by using dirty tricks to first of all get his Democratic Party rival(who was the favorite to win), to withdraw, then after that, getting his Republican rival(who was ahead of him in the polls) to withdraw as well.
12 posted on 02/17/2010 4:49:57 AM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe; Jim Robinson; ConjunctionJunction; Al B.; SolidWood; Leisler; ...
Another possibility is that person in this incident was involved
with, or hurt by, some of Romney's plots.

There is a man with the same name
here and and here.

13 posted on 02/17/2010 4:53:29 AM PST by Diogenesis (Alea iacta est.)
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To: ninonitti
“If the person either snarls at you or ignores you, step number two is to enlist the help of a ‘powerful other,’ ” she said, applying the psychology term for a person of authority.

F that. I got my own rage now, kinda like Michael Douglas in "Falling Down". But alas, I'm through with flying so I won't get that particular opportunity.
14 posted on 02/17/2010 5:16:45 AM PST by Dewey Revoltnow (Worst. Community. Organizer. Ever!)
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To: ninonitti

why coach? If I had his $$$ I would never fly coach again.


15 posted on 02/17/2010 5:18:19 AM PST by ronniesgal ( I miss George Bush. Hell, I miss Bill Clinton!!)
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To: ninonitti
Stupid move on Mitt's part.

Press the little button on the arm rest and let the professionals do their job.

16 posted on 02/17/2010 5:35:20 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Sarah Palin - For such a time as this...)
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To: Diogenesis

I guess when Mitt means strong America, he doesn't mean him, personally, or his sons, but other sons. Hired hands. Cops. Stewardess. You know, little people. He's above all that. Preserving himself, and family, for a higher calling.

17 posted on 02/17/2010 5:48:04 AM PST by Leisler
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To: Doc Savage

Haha, an AMC work glove on Mitt would be like Mickey Jackson’s glove....that is too funny Doc!


18 posted on 02/17/2010 6:07:05 AM PST by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: ninonitti
Former Gov. Mitt Romney showed the right stuff by keeping cool when an unruly airline passenger threatened the likely GOP presidential contender

"Likely GOP presidential contender"in his dreams!

19 posted on 02/17/2010 6:10:56 AM PST by Retired COB (Still mad about Campaign Finance Reform)
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To: ninonitti

I don’t think there would’ve been anything wrong with standing up and facing the jerk and asking him if he would like to ask the pilot to return to the gate so they could discuss the issue openly on the ground.

We made a serious mistake when we started molly-coddling bullies on the playground.


20 posted on 02/17/2010 6:34:31 AM PST by RowdyFFC (The opinion of a wise Welshtino woman...)
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To: ninonitti

This heroic event in Mitt Romney’s plane flight seems to have legs, I wonder who will play him in the movie.

His coverage is a little different than the coverage that conservatives get, can you imagine Governor Palin receiving all this praise over something so minor?


21 posted on 02/17/2010 9:18:13 AM PST by ansel12 ( (anti SoCon. Earl Warren's court 1953-1969, libertarian hero, anti social conservative loser.))
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