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mugwhump
My chihuahuas own me.
10:35 PM on 04/06/2013
The threat to anyones' safety including the captains' was only imaginary.
01:02 PM on 04/08/2013
I agree. The entire crew over-reacted to the situation.
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Buzz Mega
10:24 PM on 04/06/2013
Did anybody mention the mountain and the molehill?
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fireart
I got mine the hard way.
09:56 PM on 04/06/2013
I feel that since 9-11 the airlines will treat anyone anyway the can . Their flight attendants are ill dressed grumpy and old. The planes are dirty mold and germ infested. The crew is rude.
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From the Raft
11:01 PM on 04/06/2013
Their toilets make a French latrine look like a powder room.
09:40 PM on 04/06/2013
Here is a description of why Alex Cross should have been rated R

Violence: Characters are frequently shot, beaten, punched and threatened. During a cage fight a man’s arm is broken after a serious battle. A man injects a paralyzing drug in a woman’s neck. A man catches on fire from a stove. Bloody injuries are depicted along with numerous dead bodies. A man sets off several explosions in and outside of office buildings. A speeding vehicle rams a character’s car. Men are shot after taunting a character. A character cuts off the fingers of a woman and puts them in a bowl. Other depictions of tortured women are seen. A man cauterizes bloody wounds and exposes himself to other pain-inducing activities. Characters are hit with a golf club, kicked in the groin, stabbed, bashed with a club and taken captive by an angry mob.
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averagezoe
Don't breed or buy while homeless animals die!
09:38 PM on 04/06/2013
Something smells. I've flown on many different airlines and I don't for one minute believe that any flight would be diverted because a family "calmly expressed concerns about the movie" to the flight attendant. That sweet and pious family had to have raised a virtual sh**storm of hell for something that drastic to happen.
09:47 PM on 04/06/2013
If that was the case, why were there no "witnesses" to that sh****orm?
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jagrmeister721
Independent; I critique all
10:15 PM on 04/06/2013
I agree.  I am willing to believe that flight attendants can overreact, but my observation largely has been of the misbehavior of parents and kids on flights.  Sometimes you have to discipline parents who act out aggressively, even if technically on behalf of their kids.  Hopefully, they'll take this in stride; but more likely they will continue to exaggerate the 'danger' to their kids, and use them as a shield during these proceedings.   To HVanRaven: pretty irresponsible of you to claim there were no witnesses to the parents' bad behavior when we can't say conclusively at this point.
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20814
09:36 PM on 04/06/2013
Asking for the captains name was their big mistake. That could be interpreted as a veiled personal threat, particularly when it might have set up a confrontation on the ground at the end of the flight. The captain did not know what kind of nutcase might be back there, and he obviously did not want to find out.
01:05 PM on 04/08/2013
Their big mistake was flying with United, and the financials and public opinion of that company bear this out.
09:36 PM on 04/06/2013
It said zero comments pending, so I thought it got lost. Sorry
09:33 PM on 04/06/2013
How is Alex Cross Rated PG-13? Welcome to the new "R"
From Parent Previews website review:

Violence: Characters are frequently shot, beaten, punched and threatened. During a cage fight a man’s arm is broken after a serious battle. A man injects a paralyzing drug in a woman’s neck. A man catches on fire from a stove. Bloody injuries are depicted along with numerous dead bodies. A man sets off several explosions in and outside of office buildings. A speeding vehicle rams a character’s car. Men are shot after taunting a character. A character cuts off the fingers of a woman and puts them in a bowl. Other depictions of tortured women are seen. A man cauterizes bloody wounds and exposes himself to other pain-inducing activities. Characters are hit with a golf club, kicked in the groin, stabbed, bashed with a club and taken captive by an angry mob.

Sexual Content: A woman wears a bikini at a cage-fighting event. A woman strips down to her underwear and a man ties her to the bed in a prelude to sexual activity. Sexual sounds are heard and a brief shot of a couple in bed is seen, along with clothes strewn across the floor. Derogatory sexual comments are made.

Language: The script includes infrequent profanities

Alcohol / Drug Use: A man injects a paralyzing drug into his victims. A woman appears to be high on drugs. References to illegal drugs, including bags of cocaine, are included.
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fireart
I got mine the hard way.
09:51 PM on 04/06/2013
Approved by the airline for family viewing? Shows a lack of sense.
04:14 PM on 04/07/2013
It was not approved for family viewing. It was rated PG-13 meaning "Parental Guidance advised for any child below age 13. Why would any airline limits the film offerings to only G rated films? I surely don't want to watch those movies and if I had a grandchild along on a fight with me I'd simply say, "No, you cannot watch that movie." if it were rated PG-13. Perhaps the parents here think that offering a movie they couldn't have their children watch was discriminatory. Maybe they should have rented a DVD player and a movie they felt was appropriate.
11:04 PM on 04/06/2013
So the airline forced their kids to watch it?????? Do the parents not have control of their kids?????
Conga
Never fight a woman who owns her own chainsaw
12:42 AM on 04/07/2013
"The parents of the family – so far unidentified – say they could not shield their children from the "Alex Cross" movie because the in-flight entertainment on the United Airbus A320 was being shown to the entire aircraft on drop-down TV screens."
09:25 PM on 04/06/2013
This is very probably exaggeration because I don't think a plane would land just because of a person complaining about a movie.
Sallyosally
Do unto others . . .
10:52 PM on 04/06/2013
Sure it would. Imagine the feeling of power the captain has. And the version the flight attendant told him. His adrenaline is pumpin' and he's got to do SOMETHING. He can't beat up the kids. What's left. Diverting the plane. It's all quite clear.
11:06 PM on 04/06/2013
Two criteria on which captains are judged are on-time performance and fuel use. Doing what he did would hurt a captain on both measures. A captain wouldnly do this if they felt justified.
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truthequalfreedom
Young polyglot,healthcare worker and a gym rat
09:23 PM on 04/06/2013
Do not ope your screen next time.It is that simple.
08:03 PM on 04/07/2013
Read the story, a drop-down screen for sections of passengers that they asked to be blocked so their children couldn't watch...

Which was the horrible terrible thing that got the plane diverted because you can't possibly ask for something like that.

It wasn't individual screens; or this never would have been an issue.
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truthequalfreedom
Young polyglot,healthcare worker and a gym rat
09:23 PM on 04/06/2013
Does it mean no fly list for them?
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Ben Estaville
some people are looking forward to the trip
09:15 PM on 04/06/2013
Bring your own movie next flight..............
rkflusa
The Truth, You can't handle the truth..
08:44 PM on 04/06/2013
Well they just made the no fly list, lol.
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Patient Zero
That is not a picture of me.
08:33 PM on 04/06/2013
I've asked for things from flight attendants. I have never ever had a problem. Ever.

I even sometimes fly United.

Obviously, these people are not telling the entire story. They don't divert a flight because you reasonably ask to stop a movie. On another site, they demanded to see the pilot at one point, and when he refused to see them, they demanded his name.

What is obvious here is that these parents got quite confrontational and combative. Pilots don't divert flights, which is very expensive, because someone is annoyed. It's probably likely that some people are annoyed on every single flight.

This had to rise to the level of disruption. Were they yelling? Were they standing up and getting in the faces of the flight attendants? I don't know, but something they did made the pilot decide to divert.

This story of theirs just does not pass the smell test.
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Djay0252
17th Airborne..a tribute to my Father
08:21 PM on 04/06/2013
very poorly written and just plain vague.