Skip to comments.Affectionate Plane Passenger Convicted
Posted on 05/04/2007 7:51:59 AM PDT by Froufrou
A California man who prosecutors said got a little too friendly with his girlfriend during a flight was convicted Thursday of interfering with flight attendants and crew members.
Carl William Persing and his girlfriend were seen "embracing, kissing and acting in a manner that made other passengers uncomfortable" during the September flight from Los Angeles to Raleigh, according to a criminal complaint.
Persing twice threatened a flight attendant who told the couple to stop and refused to serve them alcohol, prosecutors said. The FBI met the couple when the plane landed in Raleigh.
Persing, 41, will probably serve jail time for the federal felony conviction, Assistant U.S. Attorney John Bowler said. He was convicted after a three-day trial in U.S. District Court in Wilmington.
Defense attorney Deb Newton said her client will appeal.
"He's devastated," Newton said, adding that he was defending his right to be left alone.
Charges against girlfriend Dawn Elizabeth Sewell, who was accused of assisting Persing, were dropped this week.
Mile high club membership revoked ping...
Well he didn’t join the mile high club- but he’s going to prison, so there may be another club he can join.
I hope his time in the clink helps him reevaluate how he treats the "little people."
While this guy sounds like a jackass, these laws are on the books to assist flight attendants in deterring terrorists, not to help mend hurt feelings caused by an idiot who had too much to drink. If there was any jail time involved, as someone else suggested, this guy will win his appeal.
Until we see a picture of the girl, it's going to be difficult to decide if he's guilty of any crime.
He’s learned the hard way that flight crews aren’t little people.
Fly the friendly skies and try the friendly thighs.
This must be one of the top 10 most stupid statements from an attorney.
If this is the same case I heard of, then "acting in a manner that made other passengers uncomfortable" was a lot more than embracing and kissing. Another article described it as "His face was in her crotch, face down. She was giggling and obviously enjoying what was going on."
Hey, get a room, ya jerks!
Should have taken a lesson from the queen of mean, Leona Helmsley!
All he had to say is that this is required by the Koran.
Another overreaction by the brownshirts at airports and on planes. This guy was obviously a jerk, but the fact is, these laws - designed to deter terrorists - are being used unfairly against ordinary citizens.
Great job FBI! Tell me again how long Zack Moosoui’s laptop sat in your offices while you went looking for a search warrant?
Well, okay, so it’s unlikely he was going to bob-for-apples-from her crotch and extract a bomb.
“Hes learned the hard way that flight crews arent little people.”
No, all of us passengers are, now. Actually it’s a good day when you get treated like “little people” while flying. It’s usually more akin to how you’d transport cattle.
They should have just poured cold water on the couple.
Maybe they thought she was carrying a snuke?
Did you know that is actually assault? A friend of mine threw her drink in the face of a guy who got ‘fresh’ and the rent-a-cop told us she assaulted him! True story!
“Say, is that a bag of pretzels in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?”
True, but that’s due to the policies of the airlines. Flight crews are akin to police officers. It’s best to obey them. If you think they are wrong then write a letter after the flight.
Not possible on a plane filled with people concerned for their own comfort and safety.
Man ... it’s getting to where you can’t grope your girl in public anymore.
I think the guy is a cunning linguist, ya know?
“...he was defending his right to be left alone.”
What?!? I thought it was Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness. Am I reading the constitution wrong?
I guess he COULD have claimed the “pursuit of happiness” part...
I agree. She sounds like an idiot. If he wants to be left alone he should charter his own plane. I do not want my children exposed to this couples groping in public.
This guy is a low life recreational drunk thug. Back to the trailer park for him!
I believe you're wrong on all counts.
Laws designed to assure the safety of passengers and that of the flight attendants were on the books long before 911.
A drunk can be obnoxious anywhere. Much more so among a captive audience at 36,000 feet.
~snorrfle!~ “Trailer trash!”
funny you mention that, I have been trying google news, google images, etc for that very reason. One shot of the guy had a lady next to him:
might this be her, or maybe his lawyer?
I’ve been trying to figure out how to respond to this, but all I can come up with is a whimper instead of a bang...
Surely the pair could have waited for a more proper time and place. I don’t understand why charges against the woman were dropped.
Seriously, that’s a very good point. The article said she “assisted” him. Aiding and abetting is a very real crime.
...Flight attendants need to add to their little speech at the start:...”and no in flight bonking allowed”
agreed, I think I would file her under “brutal”
Letaka, maybe we’d better not fly together......
Who might the "little people" be?
If the guy wanted to be left alone I wonder why he was on the plane interrupting this lady. Also I’m a linguist and I don’t know what’s so funny about that.
If you fly first class and I fly in steerage things would be ok and you could send me a free drink back there with the rats.
Maybe you’re not cunning enough????
All I can say is I’m glad you love me and not Froufrou. She’s as funny as you are and I can’t compete. :D
We’d have to fly separately or they’d throw us off. (mid flight!)
Now here’s a good reason to get a seatbelt extender.