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Airline Passenger Arrested for Leaving Seat Within 30 Minutes of Salt Lake City
Fox News ^ | 2/11/02

Posted on 02/11/2002 12:42:32 PM PST by Enemy Of The State

Edited on 04/22/2004 12:32:30 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

SALT LAKE CITY — An airline passenger who allegedly got up to go the bathroom less than 30 minutes before landing became the first person arrested under a new federal flight regulation adopted for the Olympics.

Richard Bizarro, 59, could get up to 20 years in prison on charges of interfering with a flight crew.


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"Richard Bizarro, 59, could get up to 20 years in prison on charges of interfering with a flight crew"

Now I think this is going just a damn bit too far.!!
Okay children..you must raise your hands before you go pee pee.

1 posted on 02/11/2002 12:42:32 PM PST by Enemy Of The State
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To: Enemy Of The State
Wrong. This was an entirely appropriate use of police authority. Follow the rules & for goodness sakes don't give airplane crews a hard time. He did this going into Salt Lake, too. Inexcusable.
2 posted on 02/11/2002 12:46:27 PM PST by FreeTheHostages
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To: Enemy Of The State
He could have waited thirty minutes to go to the bathroom. What I would like to know is why did he give a thumbs up to another passenger as he returned to his seat? It was as if he was saying "screw you" to the flight attendant. This guy was a troublemaker.
3 posted on 02/11/2002 12:48:47 PM PST by areafiftyone
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To: FreeTheHostages
eh maybe? but all he did was stare at the flt. attendant. There werent any reports of him giving her a hard time. 20 years in prison for going to the bathroom...with 3 air marshalls on board at that? I can see detaining the man or maybe even slapping him with a fine but not 20 years.
4 posted on 02/11/2002 12:49:13 PM PST by Enemy Of The State
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To: Enemy Of The State
These measures are ridiculous. Why don't they just have the marshals escort each passenger to the toilet at gunpoint, and frisk them before and after? No wonder people are refusing to fly.
5 posted on 02/11/2002 12:51:30 PM PST by John Jorsett
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To: FreeTheHostages
Authorities said a flight attendant instructed Bizarro to return to his seat immediately after he left the bathroom. She said Bizarro, who is 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, ignored her orders and stared at her for about a minute before returning to his seat, according to the FBI.
The incident was seen by two of three undercover air marshals on board, the FBI said. One of the agents said he saw Bizarro give what appeared to be a "thumbs up" to another passenger as he returned to his seat, prompting the marshals to take control of the cabin.

The guys a jerk, and I'm sure he'll get what he deserves, which will be a lot less that 20 years. The hands on the heads routine seems way over the top.

6 posted on 02/11/2002 12:52:48 PM PST by SJackson
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To: FreeTheHostages
Wrong. This was an entirely appropriate use of police authority.

There seems to be a problem with the word editing program you used to write that. The corrected sentence is:

"Wrong. This was an entirely appropriate use of police state authority."

7 posted on 02/11/2002 12:53:15 PM PST by Jay W
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To: Enemy Of The State
Bizarro was jailed overnight and released on his own recognizance.

Probably all the jail time he'll see. The headline is a bit misleading "Arrested for Leaving Seat" when the article states he was slow returning to his seat.

9 posted on 02/11/2002 12:55:34 PM PST by SJackson
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To: Enemy Of The State
Okay children..you must raise your hands before you go pee pee.

Read the story. It says he was instructed to return to his seat AFTER .... and that's when he caused the problem

10 posted on 02/11/2002 12:56:14 PM PST by cinFLA
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To: Just_another_man; freethehostages
"The law is the law."

Anything to feel a little safer huh?

11 posted on 02/11/2002 12:56:22 PM PST by Enemy Of The State
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To: Enemy Of The State
LOL.. the headline should read "Bizarro Arrested for Attempted Pee Over Salt Lake City"
12 posted on 02/11/2002 12:57:18 PM PST by monday
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To: Enemy Of The State
"Bizarro"?
13 posted on 02/11/2002 12:58:01 PM PST by Viet Vet in Augusta GA
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To: SJackson
The hands on the heads routine seems way over the top.

The jerk glared and gave a "signal" to one of his buddies. What would you have done?

14 posted on 02/11/2002 12:58:10 PM PST by cinFLA
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To: Just_another_man
The law is the law.

The law is an ass.

15 posted on 02/11/2002 12:58:16 PM PST by freeeee
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To: SJackson
The part that bothers me is ordering all passengers to put their hands on their heads for the remainder of the flight. Isn't that a bit extreme or are we at the point now where we will do anything we are told without question?
16 posted on 02/11/2002 1:01:05 PM PST by Russ
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To: Enemy Of The State
Because of the incident, air marshals aboard the plane ordered all passengers to put their hands on their heads for the rest of the flight.

Thank you for flying Gestapo Airlines, now that we have landed in Salt Lake City you may now safely return your hands to the non-perp position. It has been a pleasure to treat you like Islamic Terrorists. Next time you feel the need to have your human diginity removed, remember us!

Outrageous. We are now guilty until proven innocent. Didn't the ticket agent get tipped off that the guy's last name was "Bizarro"?

17 posted on 02/11/2002 1:01:25 PM PST by toupsie
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To: Enemy Of The State
What a contrarian.

They didnt go too far at all.

The skyMarshal said Bizarro[aptly named] gave a thumbs up to another passenger.

BAM...end of story.

It is not the responsibility of the skyMarshal to discern the intent of the thumbs up....once it happened...the planes cabin was properly frozen in place.

Bravo to the skyMarshals.

18 posted on 02/11/2002 1:01:35 PM PST by VaBthang4
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To: freeeee
Second that motion!
19 posted on 02/11/2002 1:02:07 PM PST by Enemy Of The State
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To: monday
AAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHahahahahahahaha......Bizarro? Is that name for real?
20 posted on 02/11/2002 1:03:01 PM PST by Demosthenes
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To: Demosthenes
"Is that name for real?"

Richard (Dick) Bizzaro

Parents can be so cruel..

21 posted on 02/11/2002 1:05:02 PM PST by Enemy Of The State
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To: toupsie
Thank you for flying Gestapo Airlines, now that we have landed in Salt Lake City you may now safely return your hands to the non-perp position. It has been a pleasure to treat you like Islamic Terrorists. Next time you feel the need to have your human diginity removed, remember us!

bump

22 posted on 02/11/2002 1:05:31 PM PST by lowbridge
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To: Just_another_man
This is no time to be engaging in little acts of machismo and defiance. If he wanted to act like a rebel, then he's going to the right place.

You seem to not know that America was FOUNDED FOR GOD'S SAKE BY REBELS!!!

I'm sure if you had lived in their day you would have made use then, too, of such drivel as, "This is no time to be engaging in little acts of machismo and defiance." Bah! You don't deserve to live in a free country. This airline passenger knows what REAL patriotism is...exercising the God-given right to go to the can when nature calls.

23 posted on 02/11/2002 1:06:12 PM PST by .30Carbine
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To: cinFLA
He glared? Oh my God, lock this AH up!
24 posted on 02/11/2002 1:07:06 PM PST by DoughtyOne
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To: FreeTheHostages
At least he's a guy. If he was desperate, he could have peed in a cup.
25 posted on 02/11/2002 1:08:48 PM PST by Amore
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To: cinFLA
The jerk glared and gave a "signal" to one of his buddies.

Perhaps I missed it, but when did it become illegal, or even suspect, to stare at someone who tells you *after* you have just gone to the can, that you *can't* go to the can, and then give a thumbs-up to a fellow American who sees the humor in the whole act, and probably is in dire need of the can himself?

Is this America?! Does no one else see the insanity here?!

26 posted on 02/11/2002 1:13:01 PM PST by .30Carbine
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To: Enemy Of The State
People are such idiots... I was flying into Reagan National near the end of December and they must have announced a DOZEN times that no one was to stand or move about the cabin for the 30 minutes prior to landing in DC and explained why the rule was in place.

At 30 minutes inbound, the pilot made the announcement that the policy was now in place, and 3 minutes later the idiot in front of me decides he HAS to get into his overhead bin. The guy was lucky he only had to deal with the flight attendent... The two SAC Generals sitting across the aisle from me did NOT look pleased.
27 posted on 02/11/2002 1:13:03 PM PST by Daus
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To: Russ
...or are we at the point now where we will do anything we are told without question?

Apparently so, Russ.

28 posted on 02/11/2002 1:14:19 PM PST by .30Carbine
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To: Enemy Of The State
Now it begins... We've lost the right to pee in an aircraft when we need to. Which of your freedoms will they take next. A little bit here, a little bit there. These small pieces all add up in the long run.
29 posted on 02/11/2002 1:15:10 PM PST by Otis Mukinfus
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To: Daus
eh..I think standing up to get into the overhead compartment is a little different than having to go to the can.
30 posted on 02/11/2002 1:16:29 PM PST by Enemy Of The State
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To: Amore
Didn't some drunk gal get seven years for peeing on the floor of a police station a few weeks ago?
31 posted on 02/11/2002 1:17:05 PM PST by babygene
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To: FreeTheHostages
And just sit there and piss your pants like a good little slave? Even in prison they can't deny you bathroom breaks. I would be outraged and would find the nearest shyster to file a lawsuit against the airlines and the FAA.
32 posted on 02/11/2002 1:17:51 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants
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To: Enemy Of The State
I think standing up to get into the overhead compartment is a little different than having to go to the can.

Well, they both could have been done at 60 min prior to landing when the pilot first reminded everyone, or at 45 minutes to arrival when the pilot reminded them again or at 35 minutes to arrival when the pilot warned them a third time.

Stupid people bug me.
33 posted on 02/11/2002 1:21:20 PM PST by Daus
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To: Otis Mukinfus
This is crazy. Unfortunately when people get older they don't have as much control over their bodily functions as they did when they were younger. What is someone supposed to do, pee or crap in their pants? If they are that concerned then they should stand and watch the person "do the business" but it can't be expected that people should soil themselves. What happens if a person says "okay, you won't let me go to the bathroom, so I'll just do it in the isle? Maybe it's a good intentioned law, but people need to understand that sometimes the law has to be a little flexible.
34 posted on 02/11/2002 1:21:24 PM PST by Johnny_Apollo
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To: cinFLA;Russ
The jerk glared and gave a "signal" to one of his buddies. What would you have done?

We're probably operating on incomplete information, but to me the guy is a jerk who was acting smart with the stwardess. I don't see where he made a threat. I don't read anything him being restrained, the cuffed, or of his friend being cuffed on the flight, detained for questioning and then released. This tells me that the air marshalls realized they weren't dealing with a real threat. In that case, three of them could have maintained control of the cabin without a "hands on the head" drill for all the passengers.

35 posted on 02/11/2002 1:22:28 PM PST by SJackson
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To: Enemy Of The State
If the US Congress were not so busy investigating Enron and re-regulating business now, I'd suggest that they take this matter up. Unless I am mistaken, peeing and pooping are two areas of human activity that are not yet properly regulated by the federal government and it's high time they came under the wings of the federal regulatory agencies. Imagine that, an airline passenger deciding on his own when he needs to go pee (or poop as the case might be.) We are still uncivilized in some areas, are we not?
36 posted on 02/11/2002 1:23:51 PM PST by Revolting cat!
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To: Russ
The part that bothers me is ordering all passengers to put their hands on their heads for the remainder of the flight. Isn't that a bit extreme or are we at the point now where we will do anything we are told without question?

I agree, though I'd have put my hands on my head too. See 35.

37 posted on 02/11/2002 1:23:56 PM PST by SJackson
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To: cinFLA; all
"The idea is quite unfounded that on entering into society we give up any natural right." --Thomas Jefferson
That includes answering mother natures call..
38 posted on 02/11/2002 1:24:02 PM PST by Enemy Of The State
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To: John Jorsett
I agree. Because he returned to his seat "slowly", the marshalls must have thought he was a terrorist which indicts the entire Federal screening process which is supposed to detect/screen out potential terrorists.
39 posted on 02/11/2002 1:24:14 PM PST by Axelsrd
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To: SJackson
I guess if you were an amputee, you would get arested too..for not following instructions.

After all, "the law is the law".

41 posted on 02/11/2002 1:27:17 PM PST by babygene
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To: Johnny_Apollo
Maybe everyone boarding a plane should be catheterized so they won't need to use the bathroom.
42 posted on 02/11/2002 1:27:25 PM PST by FITZ
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To: Enemy Of The State
Now I think this is going just a damn bit too far.!!

What are the rules and when did he know them? He will not get 20 years, but he better act reall sorry or he will definately make matters much worse for himself.

43 posted on 02/11/2002 1:29:23 PM PST by BJungNan
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To: Enemy Of The State
20 years in prison for going to the bathroom...with 3 air marshalls on board at that? I can see detaining the man or maybe even slapping him with a fine but not 20 years. HTML Help Click here for more help

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44 posted on 02/11/2002 1:30:47 PM PST by GOP Jedi
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To: GOP Jedi
Gah, that posting wasn't pretty...
45 posted on 02/11/2002 1:33:05 PM PST by GOP Jedi
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To: John Jorsett
"Why don't they just have the marshals escort each passenger to the toilet at gunpoint, and frisk them before and after?"

Alternatively, all passengers could be issued and required to wear Depends prior to boarding.

46 posted on 02/11/2002 1:34:08 PM PST by Tauzero
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To: Blood of Tyrants
"And just sit there and piss your pants like a good little slave? Even in prison they can't deny you bathroom breaks. I would be outraged and would find the nearest shyster to file a lawsuit against the airlines and the FAA."

LOL.. I would be embarrassed to even think of doing anything like that but I am sure someone will do it. Who knows maybe even you? Not because it is an outrage, but because there might be big bucks in it? Think of all the emotional pain and suffering in having to piss your pants? LOL

47 posted on 02/11/2002 1:34:56 PM PST by monday
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To: Just_another_man
"The law is the law."

Thank you Judge Dredd.

48 posted on 02/11/2002 1:35:00 PM PST by Tauzero
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To: Enemy Of The State
The incident was seen by two of three undercover air marshals on board, the FBI said. One of the agents said he saw Bizarro give what appeared to be a "thumbs up" to another passenger as he returned to his seat, prompting the marshals to take control of the cabin.

Oh wait! Its the Airlines fault for not printing the acceptable hand gestures in the Aircraft Safety Card next to how to use the floatation device under your seat.


49 posted on 02/11/2002 1:35:29 PM PST by toupsie
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To: cinFLA
"The jerk glared and gave a 'signal' to one of his buddies. What would you have done?"

Oooh. Gotta watch them signals. Feminists tell us they can be unreliable...

50 posted on 02/11/2002 1:37:18 PM PST by Tauzero
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