While I understand that is not comfortable to see others filming you against your will, when you act up on an airplane you should expect it and you cannot just yank the phone out of the hand of a fellow passenger to stop her from recording.
Man Kicked Off Southwest Airlines Flight Grabs Phone Of Female Seatmate As He Walks Off Aircraft
Like the whining dog incident I write about earlier, this event also happened on a Southwest Airlines flight. We have no idea why the guy was thrown off, but on his “walk of shame” down the aisle he grabbed the mobile phone of a woman sitting in the aisle toward the front of the Boeing 737 aircraft.
View From The Wing reports that the man not only grabbed the phone of the woman, but proceeded to make a phone call while he was being kicked off the aircraft. He makes that claim based upon the Twitter post above, but I don’t think that is what happened at all.
Looking at the video, it appears to me like he grabbed the woman’s phone out of annoyance that she was recording him, then tried to delete the video (which involves not only moving hte video to trash, but deleting the trash).
That was a wasted effort because so many others appear to be taking video and his act prompted many more to whip out their mobile phones to record what was going on.
You make the situation worse by digging in when you should just walk off. It may be that he was thrown off for a bad reason, but once you are thrown off there is no going back…arguing your way back is futile and is more likely to get you placed on a carrier’s internal no-fly list rather than simply rebooked on the next flight.
Let me give you a little legal advice: don’t touch the property of other people unless invited to do so. While it is not clear what led to a man being kicked off a Southwest Airlines flights, even understandable anger over others recording him did not justify grabbing the phone from a woman and attempting to keep it from her (and for the record, she should not have jumped all over him either…she would have got her phone back).