SWA Passenger on Cell Phone Says Father Critically ill

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Dallas (AP) A Southwest Airlines passenger got an unwelcome reception in Dallas after allegedly giving the crew a hard time about using his cell phone.

Officials say that when the man refused to get off his cell phone during the flight, Southwest Officials summoned police, who met the jet at Love Field. Southwest Spokeswoman Brandy King says flight attendants had repeatedly asked the man to get off the phone while airborne.

Police say Joe David Jones of Austin, was cited for disorderly conduct.

The call apparently involved cardiac care for Jones' criticall ill father. A business associate says the nature of the call was life and death.

The Federal Aviation Administration bars use of mobile phones when planes are flying due to concerns about interference with navigation systems.

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