68 Year Old Man Punches Youth On Airplane For Not Turning Off Apple iPhone

For anyone who has flown on a commercial airplane, you are familiar with the request made by a flight attendant, to turn off electronic equipment during takeoff and landings. These requests are made since it seems that electronic equipment could interfere with the electronics on the plane. I do not see that this request is unjustified nor an inconvenience to the passengers.

But on a flight out of Las Vegas a 15-year-old youth ignored the request and continued to play games on his Apple iPhone. One passenger took exception to the youths non compliance and socked the youth in his arm, bruising same. Upon arriving in Boise, ID., the man was arrested for assault. The youth was not cited and was left to continue on his trip.

According to one recent article it also stated that:

“First the 15-year-old should’ve listened to the stewardess. But he was out of line. I’m sure he did something to provoke the older gentleman, but he probably should’ve shown more restraint then he did by punching him. But having teenagers I know where he was coming from,” said Dan Kern of San Diego.

“Give him a ticket or some community service or make him go to a chalk board and write I won’t hit a teenager a thousand times and call it good. I think the teenager should apologize for whatever part of the story we don’t know. What are the rules for? Either follow them or don’t get on the plane,” said Kern.

What a can of worms. I think there were mistakes made by the youth, the man who hit the kid and possibly the flight attendants. A simple way to handle the issue was for the man to notify a flight attendant and let them deal with it. I am sure there is more to the story than what is being reported.

Comments welcome.

Source – kboi2 TV

Did Teen Fall From Wheel-Well Of Airplane?

In what is being described as a suspicious circumstance, police in Massachusetts believe that a teen may have fallen out of the wheel-well of an airplane. The body of the North Carolina teenager was found mangled in the small town of Milton. Investigators suspect that the youngster, who had run away from home, may have not known that wheel-wells are not heated nor pressurized.

A recent article states:

Police have been unable to explain why Delvonte Tisdale, a high school student who ran away from his home in Charlotte, North Carolina, would have been in Milton, Massachusetts, some 850 miles away, where he had no known ties.

“We have been asked to provide some information about flight tracks and flight approaches that go over that community,” said Phil Orlandella, a spokesman for Logan International Airport. Some planes approaching the airport fly over Milton, Orlandella said.

What is not known or explained in the article is if the suspected airplane was a commercial flight. If it was a commercial flight, how was the teen able to get by security and hide in the wheel-well? Are we concentrating so much on passenger screening that security on the runaway has become lax?

Comments as always are welcome.

Source – Reuters

PS The FAA has confirmed that a commercial flight from North Carolina en route to Boston did fly over Milton. It also confirmed that this is just about the time that the pilot would have lowered the landing gear of the airplane.

Source – TravelPod

Are We Raising A Generation Of Nincompoops? I Don’t Think We Are

Should mom, dad take the blame for kids who can’t tie shoes, fill ice-cube trays?

Over at the NBC Today Web site, there is an article that asks the question: are we raising a generation of nincompoops?  The article attacks a generation of youngsters that don’t know how to tie their shoes. The author blames this on shoes that come with Velcro fasteners instead of shoelaces. Next, it’s cited that the current generation doesn’t know how to remove ice cubes from an ice cube tray. The article goes on to state that:

Susan Maushart, a mother of three, says her teenage daughter “literally does not know how to use a can opener. Most cans come with pull-tops these days. I see her reaching for a can that requires a can opener, and her shoulders slump and she goes for something else.”

Teenagers are so accustomed to either throwing their clothes on the floor or hanging them on hooks that Maushart says her “kids actually struggle with the mechanics of a clothes hanger.”

Many kids never learn to do ordinary household tasks. They have no chores. Take-out and drive-through meals have replaced home cooking. And busy families who can afford it often outsource house-cleaning and lawn care.

The issue hit home for me when a visiting 12-year-old took an ice-cube tray out of my freezer, then stared at it helplessly. Raised in a world where refrigerators have push-button ice-makers, he’d never had to get cubes out of a tray — in the same way that kids growing up with pull-tab cans don’t understand can openers.

Mark Bauerlein, author of the best-selling book “The Dumbest Generation,” which contends that cyberculture is turning young people into know-nothings, says “the absence of technology” confuses kids faced with simple mechanical tasks.

I believe that these assumption are flawed. I can see my grandfather telling my father he was a nincompoop for driving a car and not knowing how to ride a horse. Or that my dad’s generation was mechanically challenged because he was dependent on a refrigerator and didn’t have a clue how to put a block of ice into an icebox. I must have come from a dumb generation because I used a typewriter and had lost the skills of handwriting.

I am a youth leader at my local church and last Sunday my male student group of 9th through 11th graders took on a project to build a computer system. The computer, when completed, will be donated to one of our local food pantries. In 45 minutes these young people had the computer case ready to install the motherboard, the CPU, fan/heatsink, and the RAM. The time also included my instructing them on how to install the hardware as well as how the hardware functioned. The current generation is lacking mechanical skills? I think not!

What is your opinion? Are we raising a generation of nincompoops? I personally do not believe we are.

Comments welcome.

Source – NBC