Police: Man attacks teen over cell phone on plane
December 29th, 2010
03:02 AM ET

Police: Man attacks teen over cell phone on plane

A 68-year-old Idaho man has been charged with misdemeanor battery after police say he struck a teen who would not turn off his phone while the plane they were in was taxiing for takeoff.

The incident took place Tuesday evening on a Southwest Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Boise, Idaho, said Lt. Kent Lipple of the Boise police.

The man, Russell Miller, was arrested after the plane landed, Lipple said.

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  1. Green Teeth

    More 'teens' need slappin' these days and their little toys shoved where the sun doesn't shine.

    December 29, 2010 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      It's almost like you're a redneck. umad?

      December 29, 2010 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. bambam

    (Oldman)hey kid they said turn off all phones(teen)I don't care what they said you old fart(oldman)get off the phone you little basterd (whammm)now off the phone(tEen)ok I sorry mr

    December 29, 2010 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. AeroGirl

    Airlines ONLY have the rule to turn off phones because it is annoying. ONE cell phone WILL NOT bring down an airplane nor will it interfere with the avionics on the aircraft. In fact several airlines are considering allowing passangers to use their cell phones IF they can get a signal. I use my cell phone in my small airplane and have no problems with the avionics – neither steamgauge nor glass panel G1000.

    December 29, 2010 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. Fred Bartkowski

    Worked in the corn fields during summers at ages 11, 12, and 13. Pay the first summer was $3.05. Got a .05 cent raise each of next two summers.
    We played a game called Indian. Don't know why we called it that. Just did.
    20 person crew, 6 or so of them being young ladies who did not play Indian.
    2 people were chosen to be Indians and they had to take off running.
    The rest would stalk and tackle the Indians.
    The old man who ran the job was a fella by the name Brank Bark.
    He was always charging around the fields trying to keep the herd moving.
    He seemed mean and would cus you out with swear words. You could tell when he was approach ing cause he always had a big cigar lit.

    December 29, 2010 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  5. Christian

    I absolutely love how the military men who laid out all the details of how cell phones DON'T interfere with avionics just get ignored. As if the other people posting on this article would know better than they do. If cell phones posed any real danger on flights they simply would not be allowed, period. They don't let you bring weapons onto planes /so long as they are disarmed during flight/. Instinctual violence like that over such a irrelevant incident shows how much of an ape he is.

    December 29, 2010 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bobby

    This whole thing is a myth. Ask Mythbusters. The real reason they don't want your cell phone on is so you cant phone into a bomb or coordinate anything.


    December 29, 2010 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  7. brownie

    He was a teenager with a cell phone. He needed to be beaten anyway.

    December 29, 2010 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
  8. Justin Observation

    A senile hits a penile.

    December 29, 2010 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  9. Dave

    lol you people think cell phones can bring down a plane... if so, why would terrorists bother hiding bombs in their shorts when they can just make a deadly call to pizza hut on takeoff?

    December 29, 2010 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
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      December 29, 2010 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jims

    Its called obeying the rules, if the punk kid can't do that then he'll end up in jail at some point!
    Its a waste of time debating wether the phone will cause problems or not, its a rule! thats the end of it.
    He should have been put off the plane!

    December 29, 2010 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Common Sense

      Speeding, it's illegal it's a rule / law. Should you be told to get off the road. Your logic is that he uses a cell phone when he is not supposed to so he is a punk that will one day go to jail. Can you imagine this logic being applied to you as you break the law by speeding down the highway?

      December 29, 2010 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  11. Had Enough

    He should have just went ahead and kicked his A– Nobody has any manners anymore. I dont want to hear other peoples conversations in a checkout line in the bank in a plane. His parents should have taught him to have manners and respect for other people. GOOD FOR YOU OLD MAN ! WHEN YA GET OUT KICK HIS A– AGAIN.

    December 29, 2010 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Barry

      I agree wholeheartedly. There is no place where you can have peace and quiet anymore. You can't have a coffee without somebody next to you yucking about her boyfriend.

      December 29, 2010 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  12. sparky

    They need to give Mr Miller a free pass for flying from now on

    December 29, 2010 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  13. Steve Porter

    As usual the kid's a jerk.

    December 29, 2010 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  14. Big Joe

    It's something how you people are so concerned over a little whack on some brat by some old guy, but none of you give a dam about the major problem with loopy holes that novelty glass makers are having. This will affect millions of Americans. You are not listening people, and there are only 3 days to New Years!

    December 29, 2010 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  15. zaphod2000

    Give the old guy a medal. Take the kid directly to jail he was breaking the law!!!

    December 29, 2010 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
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