Pax fined for using GPS on flight

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  1. milchap
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    Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
    Passenger fined for using GPS on flight

    By: Mike McIntyre

    A 73-year-old tourist will be released from custody this evening after admitting to ignoring safety instructions on a Winnipeg-bound flight.
    Michele Jules Ego, 73, pleaded guilty this afternoon to a charge under Canada's Aeronautics Act. He was given a $250 fine as part of a joint-recommendation from Crown and defence lawyers. The court hearing was done entirely in French, as Ego has limited understanding of English.
    Ego is from Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean and was coming to the city to visit his daughter and grandchildren, court was told. He spent the night at the Remand Centre following his arrest around 7 p.m. Tuesday.
    Ego, a licenced pilot and retired mathematics professor, admits ignoring flight staff on the Minneapolis-Winnipeg trip and kept using his global positioning system. He also refused to buckle his seat belt when ordered.
    Police said Ego's alleged actions caused a flight to be delayed for more than an hour before it left Minneapolis.
    His lawyer told court today that Ego has used the GPS on many previous flights without problems. He will be allowed to continue his visit in Winnipeg but must report to Canadian Customs officials on May 10 for a hearing.

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    This sounds like it was DL flight, so odds are that none of the crew spoke French and there's a good chance that none of the nearby passengers did either. However, if he was solely responsible for a one hour delay, I'm surprised that he was allowed to fly unless they wanted to make him some other country's problem as someone who seems not to be a USA citizen or resident.
     
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    This sounds strange. If he's a pilot why would he not want a seat belt on? I have yet to meet a pilot who did not stay buckled. As for the GPS, that is another story. As for DL not understanding, that sounds just about a certainty to me. they often don't even put on people who speak the dominate language of their destination, much less the second one.
     
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