One of the downsides of the California initiative process is that it allows illegal laws to be enacted. And since corporations have First Amendment rights when “talking” about their initiative, the voters can be fed outright lies and falsehoods in order to fool them into voting for something illegal and against the interests of non-corporations (people).
For anyone who hasn’t watched The Wire, the number one rule, “Don’t talk in the car, on the phone or on anything that ain’t ours, and don’t say shit to anybody who ain’t us.” Had the show been made after smart phones became ubiquitous, I’m sure the same would be applied to texting and the cloud.
I watched the doc series Heist on Netflix as well, and if any of those guys had followed this basic rule, they probably wouldn’t have been caught. I’m not even a criminal and I know to at least use only burner phones, fake accounts using untraceable proxies and VPNs.
“Unfortunately, the proper policies for restraining a passenger were not followed,” Frontier told ABC in a statement. “As a result, the flight attendants involved have been suspended pending further investigation.”
However, after backlash from the Association of Flight Attendants, which represents flight attendants, as well as the video going viral on sites like Facebook and Twitter, the airline changed its tune.
“Frontier Airlines maintains the utmost value, respect, concern and support for all of our flight attendants, including those who were assaulted on this flight,” the airline told Local 10 in another statement on Tuesday. “We are supporting the needs of these team members and are working with law enforcement to fully support the prosecution of the passenger involved. The inflight crew members’ current paid leave status is in line with an event of this nature pending an investigation.”
Bizarrely, this isn’t even the first incident involving a duct-taped passenger in the past few weeks. According to the Washington Post, American Airlines staff on a flight from Dallas-Fort Worth to Charlotte in early July physically intervened to stop an emotionally disturbed woman from allegedly attempting to open the jetliner’s outer door after takeoff, subsequently using tape to force her to remain in her seat. In that incident, American Airlines told the Post in a statement that the company “[applauds] our crew for their professionalism and quick effort to protect those on board,” though the airline didn’t clarify to the paper whether the ad hoc method of restraint was permitted by its policies.
Airlines have reported dramatically increased rates of in-flight disruption during the novel coronavirus pandemic, involving everything from passengers who force jets to return to the terminal to assaults against staff. Numerous incidents have involved passengers who refuse to wear masks, which remain mandatory for persons boarding commercial flights except when they are eating or drinking.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released updated figures on August 1 showing 3,715 reported incidents of unruly passengers throughout 2021, with some 2,729 related to mask mandates. That’s despite zero-tolerance policies in place that the FAA has cited to slam such travelers with massive fines in the tens of thousands of dollars, on top of whatever criminal charges they may face. According to the Washington Post, while the disruptive might face immediate removal and a ban from whatever airline they were flying with, airlines don’t share information about unruly fliers and prosecutions are unwieldy affairs that can take years to reach any resolution.
Closing a case may require the involvement of “airline employees, FAA inspectors and lawyers, Transportation Department judges, local authorities, state and federal courts, FBI agents and U.S. attorneys,” the Post wrote. Prosecutors are extremely selective in which incidents to pursue, and airlines have had mixed success at seeking restitution from nuisance passengers.
A recent survey conducted by the Association of Flight Attendants found that of 5,000 flight attendants, at least 85% had dealt with an unruly passenger in the last year, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. At least 17% said they had witnessed a physical confrontation, with respondents citing masks as the most frequent cause and alcohol and flight delays following closely after.
“What we’re really seeing is an increased level of hostility on the aircraft, which is something I don’t think we’ve ever seen before in this industry,” Paul Hartshorn, a spokesman for the union, told the Post. “It’s just incredibly dangerous.”