Row over inflight entertainment causes flight diversion

first_imgMovie “Alex Cross” deemed inappropriate by parents of young children. A United Airlines flight from Denver to Baltimore’s BWI airport was recently diverted after an on-board confrontation in regards to the in-flight entertainment.On 2 February 2013, two parents and their four and eight year old boys were escorted off the diverted flight in Chicago, after the captain deemed the situation at hand a security concern, according to the passanger report published in The Atlantic.The situation was that of the parents asking flight attendants to either switch off or cover up the screens of the overhead monitors which were screening “Alex Cross”, rated PG-13 in the US (M in Australia) for sex, nudity, violence and gore and has the following summary as per movie database IMDB.com:“A homicide detective is pushed to the brink of his moral and physical limits as he tangles with a ferociously skilled serial killer who specializes in torture and pain”.According to the personal report, the parents made their request after seeing the opening scenes of the film and not being able to “shield” their young children from the “inappropriate content”.Reportedly the flight attendants said that they were unable to resolve this issue, so the parents asked if the captain had the authority to do so and for his name. Both requests were denied.Over an hour after the interaction, the plane was diverted and the family was escorted by various parties, including the police and the FBI, which they say was to their surprise.After being interviewed, the family was rebooked onto the next flight to BWI airport.A United Airlines spokesperson Charles Hobart confirmed the flight had been diverted “after the crew reported a disturbance involving a passenger”, as reported by The Telegraph, London.Do you think that the pilot was justified in diverting the plane or were the parents right in voicing their concerns over the in-flight movie?Source = e-Travel Blackboard: A.Nlast_img read more