Remember when Alec Baldwin was kicked off a flight for refusing to "power down" his cell phone because he was busy playing "Words With Friends"?
From refusing to "power down" to dressing scantily, passengers regularly get booted for giving the cold shoulder to flight attendants' orders.
But legally speaking, what can happen when you disobey a flight attendant?
Potential Criminal Consequences
Federal law prohibits passengers from interfering or physically assaulting (or threatening to physically assault) airline crewmembers.
This means injuring or intimidating a crewmember -- or attempting to do so -- can result in a felony conviction if the defendant has interfered with the performance of the crewmember's duties.
Using a dangerous weapon -- basically, any object that can cause death or serious bodily injury -- will result in even harsher penalties.
Apart from assault, a passenger who gets in the way of a crewmember's ability to perform his or her job can be fined by the Federal Aviation Administration or even prosecuted on criminal charges, depending on the severity of the interference.
Flight crew interference incidents can result in up to 20 years' imprisonment and fines of up to $250,000, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
- See more at: http://blogs.findlaw.com/law_and_life/2013/11/what-happens-if-you-disobey-a-flight-attendant.html#sthash.3hOqSg2p.dpuf