AM I ALLOWED TO ARGUE ON A PLANE?

Mr. John Alexander Murray boarded a flight leaving from Logan International airport, sat down and for some reason soon became engaged in an argument with some other passengers. The flight crew decided that Mr. Murray was a threat to safety on the airplane and had him removed from the flight. According to flight attendants, “he was arguing and causing a disturbance with other passengers.” I can understand why it might be necessary for someone to be removed from a flight, but it is clear Mr. Murray was not drunk, was not physically threatening other passengers, and was removed. My question is: if other passengers were arguing with Mr. Murray why weren’t they removed?

Ah the vagaries of life in the year 2009. I suspect any loud noise on a plane soon persuades the crew they are in danger. By the way, what happens to passengers who complain about food or drink on the flight? Are they removed for causing a disturbance?

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