Porn on Planes: What to Do When Your Seatmate's Video Screen is Offensive

Maybe you heard about the Utah man who was arrested over the weekend for allegedly viewing child pornography on a Delta flight from Salt Lake to Boston. All we know is that another passenger “tipped off authorities” and the man was arrested upon arrival at Logan International Airport.

So what do you do if you’re in a similar position, seated next to someone who’s viewing something that you find offensive?

Simple: Alert a flight attendant.

What Airlines Say about Porn on Planes

We talked about this with American Airlines spokesperson Tim Smith, who told us the following:

“We always hope our customers will use good judgment on what they view while onboard our aircraft and the vast majority do just that,” adding that his crews have experience in tackling the issue of offensive viewing material, and know how to handle it.

Ryanair’s Latest Stunt: Porn on Planes

And in case you’re wondering, yes, flight attendants do have the power to tell you what you can and cannot watch. Said Smith, “Our flight attendants will certainly take action if any site concerns are observed or brought to our attention by other passengers. And yes, regardless of the issue, federal law gives flight crews the authority to give instructions to any passenger, whether this subject or any other.”

Wi-Fi Service Blocks Some Sites

In case you were wondering, the Wi-Fi service offered on many airlines comes with filters to prevent people from viewing what the airlines call “inappropriate sites” or anything that might be considered pornographic. If you see something you are not comfortable with, speak up – tell a flight attendant. Also, if you see a child inadvertently being subjected to something that seems inappropriate, speak up on the kid’s behalf, since he or she may be too shy to do so themselves.

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Published: November 28, 2011