Wednesday, January 12, 2011

How your bagel could get you kicked off a flight

Posted By on Wed, Jan 12, 2011 at 8:15 AM

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  • Will bagels join the list of banned travel substances?

A Florida man was kicked off a plane last week after passengers became concerned about strange noises coming from a "suspicious package" in an overhead compartment.

NBC Miami reports that Ognjen Milatovic's suspicious package turned out to be a plastic bag filled with keys, a hat, his wallet, and a bagel with cream cheese.

Milatovic was asked about the bag by the US Airways cabin crew, and here's where he apparently played a part in being arrested and escorted off the plane. Milatovic allegedly got on his cell phone and refused to sit down or end the call. That's when the cuffs came out and he (along with his bagel) was taken off the plane.

Although this is probably the first time a bagel has led to someone being kicked off a flight, food and drinks have played a role in a number of passenger ejections this past year. Last week, Delta booted 30 members of the Russian hockey team for being a bit too boisterous the morning after winning the World Junior Hockey Championships. 

Spirit Airlines gave the heave-ho to a man who asked for water for his pregnant wife after sitting on the tarmac for close to two hours last February. Director Kevin Smith was kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight the same month, not for something he was eating but based on how much he eats. Smith was deemed too fat to fly after trying to squeeze into a single seat.

So the next time you're getting antsy that the beverage cart hasn't made it to you, ask yourself how much you really want that tiny bag of pretzels.

[Image via Flickr: Virtual Ern]  

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