Who would expect to see a 68-year-old man punch a 15-year-old at the end of a plane ride to Boise, Idaho? Not many people. And certainly none of the passengers on the flight.
Russell Miller let loose on a kid when he continued playing with his iPhone after flight attendants asked for all electronics to be turned off to land. Seemingly harmless, but not to stringent rule-sticklers. Asylum reported:
This infuriated Miller, who confronted the teenager. A scuffle ensued, and Miller punched the teenager in the arm so hard it left a black and blue mark. Miller was taken into police custody upon landing.
Needless to say he was arrested upon landing, charged with misdemeanor battery. Miller’s defense in the Idaho Citizen.
“I don’t want this thing blown out of proportion,” the 68-year-old Miller told the Idaho Statesman on Wednesday. “I didn’t know this guy was a kid. I tapped him on his shoulder. He had been told (to turn off his cell phone). I guess he thought he could get away with something.”
“Maybe I overreacted. What’s done is done,” Miller continued. “I have no animosity towards this kid whatsoever. I just wanted him to abide by the rules.”
Too bad everyone else shut off their electronics and didn’t record it. Guess they didn’t want to test him.