Air Passenger Arrested For Not Turning Off Phone

PHOENIX (CBS/AP) – Police in El Paso, Texas arrested a Southwest Airlines passenger on a flight from Phoenix after he refused to turn off his cell phone.

Southwest Airlines spokeswoman Whitney Eichinger in Dallas told The Associated Press Tuesday the man turned his cell phone on as flight 1833 landed about 5:45 p.m. in El Paso on Monday.

Eichinger says when the man was asked to turn his phone off, he did not and when the plane pulled up to the gate, El Paso authorities met the aircraft.

El Paso International Airport spokesman Jeff Schultes tells the El Paso Times officials interviewed witnesses who were onboard the flight.

The man’s name and other details were not released.

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  • C Bauer

    The police, the flight crew and the passengers all should have flogged him for good measure.

    • Brian

      No, he should have the right to habius corpus. We have a judicial system to work out these details.

      • Harp

        you’re right we do a have a well oiled, efficient judicial system here. Should have given him a good flogging for good measure.

      • lmb

        habius corpus is the wrong option you’ve got his rights mixed up.

    • rob

      I was sitting in first class on Sunday evening… we land and I immediately hear a cell phone start ringing… as soon as the plane stopped at the gate, a flight attendant opened one of the storage lockers right in front of me — pulled out her purse — and a cellphone that was on… She acted like it was no big deal.

    • Michael Z

      Statistically speaking, one is more likely to die by virtue of:

      – an airborne fire hydrant (Oakland CA, 2007), 

      – a dropped refrigerator (Milwaukee WI, 2008), or

      – an overaggressive swimming pool vacuum (Edina MN, 2008)

      than by a commercial airline pilot confused by a wayward text message during takeoff or landing (total reported incidents since the beginning of time: ZERO).

      • Stop Spreading Lies

        @ Arrest the Kenyan Ursurper: I can’t believe Michele Obama said such a thing! I was about to thank you for opening my eyes, and then I decided to do A LITTLE FACT CHECKING, and it turns out SHE WAS ASKED if the media was intruding in her childrens’ lives, to which she responded the quote which you have GREATLY taken out of context. Now I have to wonder: what else have you and the right-wing media machine misrepresented? I suppose the Bush’s and the Clinton’s should be thanking the media for their cooperation in respecting their childrens’ right to privacy. Looks like you need a little deprogramming.

      • Toni

        Doesn’t matter, rules are rules. As a flight attendant, I don’t want to be giving evacuation commands over a bunch of people yakking on their phones. And the place where evacuations happen, without ANY notice? THE GROUND.

      • SB

        @Toni and @Nonya and any other flight attendants who complain that the man should have followed your rules, this guy did what I have seen everyone do on Southwest flights once they touch ground for several years – everyone does it. This strikes me as a typical vengeance situation where a flight attendant exerted his/her authority when completely not necessary, probably because the guy didn’t kiss a$$ when yelled at. Flight attendants (and gate agents and ticket agents) can be power mongering a$$holes who take whatever frustrations they have in their personal lives out on the passengers because they know they have the law behind them and can claim unruliness or whatever. Little people exerting napoleon complexes is what I see whenever I fly. And I fly Southwest once a week. Flight attendants get all bossy and b*tchy and controlling all the time because they have the power to kick you off the plane or get you arrested, so you better do what they say (even if it has nothing to do with flight safety). No WAY should cops have been called and their time charged at the taxpayer’s expense. There has to be some accountability of the flight attendants when they get out of line, and this one was out of line.

      • Ahmed al Benghazi

        @SB: Unless the cell phone user was a Muzzie. PROFILE HERE, PROFILE NOW.

      • Michael Z.

        @Toni, fortunately you might not have to worry about that much longer: several major companies are “pilot” (no pun intended) testing programs designed to reduce employee air travel by up to 95% while maintaining or increasing revenues and productivity with innovative new methods of online collaboration and conferencing. You’ll either have to go for career retraining – or eventually pull rank just to crew chartered “Greyhounds with wings” to Las Vegas. Your business traveler is bailing.

      • A.E. Newman
      • Scott Lurowist

        I was an avionics technician in the Air Force. I worked on the navigation systems.

        Safety is the utmost concern. You would have to test every cell phone in production to make sure that the signals they emit do not interfere with the radio navigation systems on the plane. Pilots must still navigate using the radio based VOR system. Landing in inclement weather requires the use of ILS, which is also radio based.

        Until air traffic control updates their systems to be able to safely separate planes flying direct routes, these older navigation systems must still be used.

        This has NOTHING to do with a “wayward text message”.

      • Randy

        I’ve said all along that people who use cellphones should be horsewhipped for their own good. This just add fuel to my case.


      • Rick G

        So what? There are lots of ways to die, and it really doesn’t matter if a person dies in a statistically insignificant way.

        Apparently, people who are much brighter than you and who have studied the math (instead of doing a copy/paste) say that they want cell phones off at certain times during the flight.

        As for your total reported incidents which you claim are zero, you don’t know what you are talking about. The reason for the policy is because there have been reported incidents in which the pilot believed cell phone use might have been creating interference. Since investigations indicate it is possible, people who are (once again) smarer than you have made the decision.

      • september fool

        Reply to Toni. Yeah I know you don’t like to be responsible to passenger serfs once you’ve started bl*wing the navigator.

    • Jimmy

      Man, first that singer dude got removed now this? I’m not flyin Southwest, sounds like commie airlines to me.

  • Joshua Kim

    Where is personal liberty and freedom in this? An aircraft that has touched down do not need to worry about navigational interference. This is going way beyond common sense.

    • cydthesquid

      The point is, this man knew the rules and thought that he was above it. If he doesn’t like the rules, he can charter his own plane and talk to his hearts content. I’m so tired of people who think the rules don’t apply to them, they are too IMPORTANT. If the sign says turn off your phone, just do it. His call could have waited 5 more minutes until he was off of the plane. I’m glad they arrested him.

      • Aaron Self

        You do know that cell phones don’t use the same frequency that airplanes use. This is intentional. So, actually, the only reason you can’t use your phone, is so you have to use the in plane phone. So tell me, why is it ok to use the phone in the plane, but not the phone in your pocket?

      • JohnHW

        I am a pilot and my plane uses the SAME navigational aids as a civil airliner. I always keep my cell phone and bluetooth ON, not on plane mode. I have NEVER experienced any deviation in my navigation instruments during landings or takeoffs and my cell phone is only 2 to 3 feet away from the instrument and maybe six feet from the antennas. There has been many “studies” and none of them, since the early ’90s have shown any interferrence with navigation.

        The article stated the airliner HAD LANDED. I don’t know of any navigational aid that can be used ON THE GROUND. Looks to me like some flight attentant wanted to excerise control over a passenager where none should have been. A person on a cell phone after landing DOES NOT violate any FAA rule that I know of. Of course, Southwest might have such a rule, but that is NOT A LAW OR REGULATION that the police can get involved in. They have an FAA rule about interferring with a flight crew, but this would be a stretch. Of course, police have been known to stretch rules to meet a situation where they wanted to arrest a person.

      • David Dean O'Keefe

        To John HW: if you had experienced electronic interference while on ILS you wouldn’t be posting anywhere

    • Nonya

      The article stated that he used his phone while the plane started landing, not while taxi-ing. Two different situations.

      • Greg G Fidler

        READ! The PLANE had LANDED!

      • nobama2012

        Doesn’t say explicitly that the plane was on the ground when the request was make. And too, reporters do get details wrong – often.

        Why didn’t the jerk simply comply for a few more minutes? The air crew makes the rules.Passengers don’t get to vote. Take it up with the Customer Service Dept. to get it changed if you don’t like it.

    • Fire08

      There may be issues folks don’t think about that are differnt than the popular notion of interference with insturments. There are two reasons to turn off a cell phone or other electonic device during takeoff and landing (the two most dangerous parts of any flight). The first reason is that by turning off the devices, the cabin crew can communicate immediately with most every passenger on the plane, if an emergency happens. Without the restriction, 80% of the passengers will have the headphones on, and communication with the cabin about how to proceed in an emergency would be nearly impossible. The communication in an emergency will need to occur, because few people pay attention to the briefing prior to taking off.

      The second reason for turning off cell phones is that when a plane is at altitude, it may hit 6 or 7 different towers at once, confusing and overloading the system for no apparent reason (which is why cell batteries drain so quickly when left on in flight).

      Folks don’t talk about those reasons much, but they are valid concerns.

    • Steve

      Mark Bingham died Sept. 11, 2001, while saving countless lives. Just how many will never be known. 

      Flight 93 passengers learned from cell phone conversations that the World Trade Center and Pentagon had already been attacked. Bingham – along with Todd Beamer, Tom Burnett, and Jeremy Glick – formulated a game plan of sorts to overtake the hijackers, according to accounts from the phone calls.

      • Fed UP

        Yes, if terrorists were taking over the plane, I’m sure no one would have a problem with using a cell phone. That doesn’t appear to be the case here, however.

      • me

        And having turned told to turn off their cell phones, none of the passengers would have been able to turn them back on if the plane were hijacked. Is that what you think, moron?

      • Fed UP

        So all the people who made calls on 9/11 already had their phones powered up, right?

      • warbucks

        actually….they all use in-flight airplane phones, not cell phones…..

    • Toni

      “Personal liberty and freedom?” How OLD are you? There are rules, including SAFETY rules, that occasionally impose on your “liberty and freedom.” (Flying is a privilege, not some constitutional right.) And this guy violated a rule and then refused to comply when he was called on it. It’s not all about navigational interference — although if you think an airplane on the ground isn’t at high risk of hitting something, you’re naive. I’m a flight attendant, and I personally don’t think cell phone use should be permitted except when the plane is ON the ground, parked, with the seatbelt sign OFF. Just where do you think an evacuation might have to occur — and without any warning? ON THE GROUND.

      • YouFool

        Old enough to know better and care when jumped up waitresses act like gestapo.

      • Tim Bates

        Stewardesses, are vindictive morons on power trips.

        Saw one on a SW flight get all bent out of shape on a guy for listening to his I-pod. she threatened to have a 14 year old kid flying on his own arrested for using an I pod. The kid was listening to music. Not loud, just minding his own business.

        Had I and three other passengers not schooled her that an I pod was not a cell phone. She would have left a little boy stranded.

        She was rude as hell to other customers refused to assis an elderly woman who fell as she was coming back from the bathroom. She barked orders like a gestapo agent. She refused the 14 year old anything to drink-(including water so he could take his medications). She was flat out awful. I felt like I was on a cattle car going to Sobibor Concentration camp again.

        that was 2006. Have not flown since then.

        I have little patience for ignorant people on power trips such as you toni.

      • Yukiko

        Yes flying is a privilege and also a personal decision. Between the airlines, their fascist employees and TSA; I choose not to fly any longer. This decision has shown me the pleasantries of train and automobile travel. The train is a great way to see America’s backyard.

    • Randy

      Do what the flight personnel say to do or get the F off the airplane. Airlines are not a democracy. You don’t have a vote. Don’t like it? Ride a friggin’ bus!

      • JohnHW

        With comments like yours Randy, that is why I fly my own plane. I might be only going 1/3 the speed of these airliners, but I GO WHEN I WANT TO, directly TO THE TOWN I WANT, and I don’t have some want-to-be pilot who SHOULDN’T BE ALLOWED TO BE IN CHARGE OF A MORON, telling me that I shouldn’t be on the phone.

        I own a business and a couple of years ago, I had to be in New York for a meeting. The meeting was scheduled late in the day for the next morning. I didn’t have time to fly myself and went by red-eye. Half-way there, the plane had a problem and landed (never did find out what the problem was, so no complaints). The airline cancelled the flight and I had to book on another airline scheduled to leave at 6AM, which would get me into NY about an hour before the meeting. The plane was 45 minutes late leaving and 10 minutes late landing. So after landing, I pulled out my cell phone and made contribution to this meeting while waiting for the plane to get to the gate, fighting my way out of the plane and all the way into NYC by cab. If some F/A had told me to shut my phone off and wouldn’t listen to me as to why, I probably would have had the police called also. THE REASON I WAS ON THE PHONE WAS THE AIRLINE’S FAULT.

        Oh, yeah, it was the government who called the meeting.

      • Yukiko

        I prefer the train. I meet a better class of people there. I don’t remember ever meeting anyone like you.

  • NiteNurse

    We are such babies in America. Our cell phones have become our baby blankets that we can’t think of being without them. It was only a short time ago when none of us had a cell phone and you know what… life was just great!!! Now everything is tied to our cell phones and the companies are making us do everything with them that we can’t think of our lives without them!!! Trust me if you threw your cell phone away today your life would be just fine and be a couple hundred bucks or more richer. I’m glad the guy got arrested, rules are rules!

    • voiceofreason

      Well, it actually wasn’t a ‘short time’ ago that we didn’t have cell phones, depending on how you define ‘short’ – some of us working folk have had the same cell phone number for 25 years. (back when phones were the size of bricks). I found the story a little ambiguous – did he turn it on after the wheels touched down (which I do all the time, after being unreachable for several hours after a flight) or were they still miles out and in the process of landing – the version of events which I read was not clear on the timing at all.

      • voiceofsaness

        “…I do all the time, after being unreachable for several hours after a flight)”

        So, five to ten more minutes wouldn’t have killed you then, if you’ve already been unreachable for several hours?!

        I could care less about the debate regarding electronic interference.

        I could care less about the FAA regs stipulating what is or is not allowed regarding electronics.

        I could care less that cabin attendants, courtesy FAA FAR’s are as much Flight Crew Members and have as much authority as the PIC flying the aircraft and have the ability to ask authorities to detain anyone interfering with their duties.

        What I care about is the utter lack of respect the man showed when asked to turn off his damn phone and didn’t comply. I’d say Hell Yes! Throw his ass in jail… for being a prick!!!

        I wonder what the comments would be if the man lit up a cigarette?! And the rights of non-smokers etc.

        Respect the Marlboro Man and his sidekick Joe Camel!…

      • the truth

        who cares if the wheels touched ground. Taxi- ing and parking a plane is much more dangerous than when the plane is airborne.

    • houston

      Regardless of how you feel about the people around you talking, whether that be on a cell phone, face to face, or into a cup on a string, they have a right to keep on talking. They can even talk about you, and say mean things, and all sorts of stuff that you might not like. Its right there at the top of the list: freedom of speech.

      If he broke a law with his speech, that would be another story, but it wasn’t mentioned in the article. It seems like the only law he broke was the federal law requiring compliance with a flight crew member. I have always been a little uncomfortable with the federal government requiring compliance from one private citizen to another private citizen’s demands. Seems a little not-too-well-thought-out. Maybe next week someone will get arrested for talking on a cell phone in a movie theater. That’s annoying and against the rules too.

      • JMorcan

        Why would you ever think a private airline has to allow you freedom of speech? If they tell you to shut up while you’re on their property, you damn well better do it.

      • Brian

        I would agree with you JMorcan except for the fact that Southwest is a publicly traded company. If it was private then it is the owners right, but not with a publicly traded corp.

      • nobodyisabovethelaw

        “Publicly traded” has absolutely nothing to do with this. Publicly traded companies are still the privately owned property of the shareholders.
        Regardless, only GOVERNMENT entities are required to allow free speech. A company, publicly traded or not, has the right to regulate all conduct in and on its property. If you don’t wish to comply, they can compel you to leave. You are absolutely free to stay the hell off their property if you don’t like their rules.
        But a Federal law requires you to keep your phone off until the crew tells you that you may turn it on. So, what part of the constitution makes you above that law?

      • garryj

        Don’t be absurd, Brian. A publicly traded company has the right to set its own rules and codes of conduct. It is only public as far as being able to own its stock. You can be arrested for trespassing if Walmart feels your conduct is not appropriate in their stores. Even public facilities owned by the public such as libraries, schools, court houses, parks, etc can set their own rules and you are not free to do anything you want.

      • Arcbc30

        Private companies can make any rule they want- but you dont get arrested for breaking a companies rule (unless you also break the law in the process). With every other company in the country ( to my knowledge) except airlines- their rules are not considered laws. But because of the federal laws requiring your compliance with airline staff, any rule they set is considered law. When you step onto a plane you give up all rights you have, all of them. Those are the rules, that’s what you trade for the opportunity to fly. I don’t like it that’s why I fly as little as possible.

    • flashman1854

      Agree 100%.

      People, with their computers, cell phones, smart phones, ipads, i this and i that, are talking more and communicating less.

      And a reply to the “licensed pilot”: whether a cell phone interferes with any avionics system (or other aircraft system) or not is beside the point. Cell phones CAN be used to activate explosives or remote controlled missiles, An aircraft on an approach is vulnerable to short range missiles.

  • Bob Jones

    I am a licensed pilot and in GA aircraft I never turn off my phone neither does any other private pilot I know. The reason they want you off your phone is simple, so you are paying attention in case something happens! People are addicted to their damn phones, sitting on a plane not having to listen to some moron blab away on their phone is bliss!

    • John Van Stry

      There is a world of difference between your GA aircraft flying on VFR rules and a jet aircraft carrying hundreds of people flying in the weather on IFR rules. If you were having to fly an instrument approach in heavy weather would you still have your cellphone on? Especially when your cellphone’s transmitter is more powerful that the signals your ILS system is receiving from the ground? Aren’t you at all worried that the cheap cellphone may not be exactly of frequency and might be interfering with the signals your life now depends on?

      • tomhoser

        There is the crux. Most people erroneously assume a good working cell phone and a good working, properly shielded avionics package. The rule was written to cover all contingencies.

    • Mitch Pawl

      I have been a 1K on United for the past 4 years. I can count on one hand the amount of times that I have turned off my cell phone.

      The aircraft that I have been on have never crashed, wobbled or slammed on the ground because of my mobile phone being on.

      I have friends that are pilots for large corporations that fly Gulfstreams, Bombardier, King Air’s and Citations, they all leave their phones on.

      Now United has just gave IPad’s with 3G service on them. Does these devices use AT&T’s cellular network???

      This is an over hyped.

    • Tim

      You have just one phone on. Ever think of 100-200 phones and other wireless devices spread out through and aircraft maybe next to a wiring bundle or fly by wire control that is not completly shielded?

  • Joe Arciniega

    Cell phones pose absolutely no risk to airlines. The Economist wrote an article about this several years ago. For years the airlines have been lying to people and the sheeple who are too stupid to question anything just blindly follow along.

  • BTPost

    Joey, You need to research the technology, A LOT MORE, because you are just WRONG. There have been cases where this HAS been demonstrated, and has been corrected, in the technology, and in the literature. Just because you are a Licensed Pilot does NOT mean you know squat about the technology that you use, and your General Aviation Technology is NOTHING like the technology used in Commercial Aviation, and anyone who suggests such a thing is IGNORANT of the FACTS.

    • ertyul

      remember – you don’t know WHAT “Van Stry” is – just what he SAYS he is, and he sounds like an Enquirer-reading conspiracy theorist!

  • Frequent Flyer

    This is the second action in less than a week that is pushing me more towards flying SWA. The other was when Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day was kicked off of a flight for his sagging pants. I don’t know whether a cell phone can have an effect on a planes flight computers and I really don’t care. When you get on a plane, a private business, you agree to follow their rules – don’t like it, don’t fly.
    Way too many people in this country don’t follow rules because they feel they are special, or different, or just too damn good. It has caused a slow, but nonetheless definitive degradation of civility throughout our culture.
    I for one am glad to see rule breakers being held accountable. Good job SWA!

    • Brian

      Southwest isn’t a private business, it is a publicly traded company. I agree with your comment, but once a company goes public, then the rules change and there are rules in place for those businesses to follow.

      • nobodyisabovethelaw

        You should finish High School Civics before you make such a ridiculous statement. A Publicly traded company is not a government entity, and is therefore not required to allow free speech. Only a government is prohibited from restricting speech. A publicly traded company is still the private property of its shareholders.

      • davejs

        Yes, rules change for a “publicly traded company”. They need to file regular reports with the SEC (typically quarterly/annual); they can’t make certain statements regarding the status of their company; officers of the company cannot buy/sell stock in the company during certain periods (typically a few weeks leading up to a quarter-end and after a quarter-end. They are however still allowed to have rules/policies that they can impose on customers/employees as long as those rules/policies don’t conflict with existing laws (for example, they cannot have a rule in place that says they will not accommodate people of a certain gender/race).

        If I’m wrong, please point me to what rule exists that says a public company must allow customers to use a cell phone as they please.

      • Melissa

        davejs makes a good rhetorical argument against Brian…However, he failed to note that the airlines have the force of law to enforce their company policies. Turning on the cell phone during flight is not illegal. Interfering or obstructing flight crew is a federal crime. That’s how any whim of the stews becomes a federal charge in theory.

    • Paisley


      • Tim

        This is not company policy. It is federal law! Flight crews and flight attendents get upset because they can be personally fined by the FAA and it has happened. So how would you like to be at your job where and unknown government agent can step in at any time and personally fine your for something that your customer is not complying with!

  • Is it Safe or not

    Great. Not enough details to make this byline into a story. If this guy was a real live terrorist, we wouldn’t know anything except the plane went down…

  • charlie puckey

    cell phones do not interfere with navigational equipement, or any other equipment on the aircraft. at altitude the cell phone carriers cannot moniter the call and thus cannot bill the customer. check it out.

    • Mark

      So a cell phone carrier can connect the call, but they can’t figure out a way to bill the customer? Is that really what you’re suggesting? Yeah I’ll get right on researching that one.

  • Massimo Deportado

    Each passenger should have been able to kick the guy in the nuts while unloading.

    Libs don’t like rules. TS.

    Adios, MF’er.

  • komatose

    Wow. Arrested… ARRESTED!! Over a cell phone!! This country is going to hell in a hand basket so fast, don’t blink or you may miss it!

    Obey your governments or you will wind up with the same FATE. Absolute SHAME. The founding fathers are rolling in their graves. RIP.

  • ap

    Didn’t people use cell phones on 9-11 maybe that’s what brought the planes down and guided them with military precision?

  • bobsmith

    Good, stupid @@s. When they tell you to turn off your phone, turn it off or face the consequences. If you don’t like it, take a bus. The airlines are not government owned. They are a private enterprise. This fool must be in a union or work for the government. Now your a@@ is permanently on a watch list. Ha ha ha. fool.

  • Josh Cotton

    Some airlines let you turn on your cell phones once you land and taxi into your gate. So not sure how clear cut the rules are BUT if the flight attendants instruct you to do so, it’s not that big of a deal is it?

    Wow, some people just make mountains out of mole hills.

  • Marie

    I am always quick to move my cell phone to the off position when boarding an aircraft. I also make sure to remind those traveling with me do the same.. My husband always chuckles at me, he (being a long time aircraft mechanic with Delta) tells me that it is BS, it poses no threat what so ever. My personal opinion is that they reported him for not complying to their request in general (which is standard protocol for them), and decided to report it. Our flight attendants are the first line of safety when it comes to passenger safety and terrorism, and I think it would be easy to get overly wrapped up!

  • sara

    If cell phones can actually interfere with the flight equipment, then I say that ALL cell phones, iphones, blackberries, laptops — all electronics should be BANNED and ALL confiscated at the airport — HELL, the way they screen everyone, looking for box cutters in their underwear — but they let people board with electronics that could cause the aircraft to crash !!!???

  • J.V.

    Another jerk who thinks he is “special” because he has a cell phone . .. hopefully, Bubba, his cell mate will show him how special he really is.

    • DonW

      @J.V. In this day and age, anyone with the wherewithal to fly that does not own a cell phone would be the”special” one.

  • Michael Hunt

    Time for tazing and beating.

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  • AFITgrad86

    I’m a serious frequent flyer and a former Air Force avionics technician / Maintenance Officer. IMHO emitted RF energy from a cellphone could interfere with the operation of various systems but the odds of that happening are pretty remote. But it is a theoretical probability.

    The bigger issue with regard to this story and the Greenday musician is they did not comply with the instructions of the flight crew. If the flight attendant give you a directive and you willfully disregard it then you are committing a federal offense and are subject to arrest. So whether it’s turn off your cellphone, return your seat to the full upright position, or sit down and shut up the law is behind the flight attendant / aircrew. Defy their instructions at your own peril.

    • DonW

      I@AFITgrad86 I agree 100% The guy was a jerk.

  • Jay Twila

    The suspect if found guilty should be subject to capital punishment. After all, he endangered the lives of many. There can be no leniency for such a non-compliant and self-centered person. It’s time to get tough on crime America. It’s also time we learn to lighten up!

  • John

    Every flight I’ve been on for the past 7 years has always announced at wheels down you can turn on your cell phone. Am I missing something?

  • Darrel

    Good! Now release his name, the company he works for, and his cell phone number.

    He needs to learn he is subject to the same rules as the rest of us, and NO, he is NOT the exception.

  • Lenny

    Why did El Paso cops get involved? I thought this was a Federal offense and the feds will sue a state if they get involved in arresting illegal aliens because that is the job of ICE. El Paso should not be doing the feds jobs unless they do all the feds jobs. Cant pick and choose.

  • oldguy

    Can you rig an explosive device in the cargo hold to detonate by a cell phone?

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