A Las Vegas woman was hauled off a
JetBlue flight in handcuffs last week for shooting video of two other passengers
having a loud argument.
Marilyn Parver of Las Vegas says that after
settling the altercation, started by a male passenger arguing with the mother of
an unruly kid, JetBlue crew members combed the cabin asking for witnesses. When
Parver told crew members that she had filmed the fracas, they brought her back
to the galley to view the video. They then asked Parver to delete the
As she recounts what followed to a
Vegas area newspaper, the crew accused her of intending to
put the film on YouTube. They said she had illegally operated an electronic
device during the flight (though the plane was at cruising altitude).
Crew members then said a directive had come from the captain ordering
her to delete the film.
Parver, 56, asked to speak to the captain. The
crew refused. They said if she didn't delete the video, federal agents would be
waiting for her when the plane landed in Vegas.
They were. Declining to
give in, Parver was taken into custody and led off the plane. Somewhere between
the plane and the arrivals counter, Parver says, the charges against her had
ballooned into taking video footage of the cockpit (because those doors are
always open), the galley and other parts of the plane.
the TSA and a JetBlue representative looked at the video and decided it was
harmless. Still, the JetBlue rep demanded that the video be deleted or Parver
would be banned from future JetBlue flights and her name circulated among other
airlines as a undesirable passenger.
It all ended pretty badly for
Parver. The authorities were about to let her go when she made the mistake of
demanding people's names. A Vegas police officer told her to leave or be
arrested. She said, "Arrest me."
Parver went to jail -- though it looks
like she wasn't arrested -- before her husband arrived and sprung
JetBlue Airlines says it is looking into the incident. Parver has
sent angry letters to the airline, the TSA and a host of other
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