Senior Citizen Punches 15-Year-Old On Flight For Using iPhone

Enraged passenger was apparently not a Mac guy.

Senior Citizen Punches 15-Year-Old On Flight For Using iPhone

Russell Miller, a 68-year-old Idaho man, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with misdemeanor battery after police say he struck a teen who would not turn off his iPhone while their plane was taxiing for takeoff. The incident occurred on a Southwest flight from Las Vegas to Boise, Idaho.

CNN reports that the boy was playing games and listening to music on his iPhone when the flight attendant asked him to turn off the device. When the boy refused, Miller sprung up and punched the boy, hitting him in the shoulder. Miller was arrested when the plane landed in Idaho.

The suspect “felt he was protecting the entire plane and its occupants,” says Lt. Kent Lipple of the Boise police. According to the police report, Miller claims he smacked the boy on his shoulder to get his attention, however it was enough to leave a mark on the boys arm.

No word yet on whether Miller was given the full TSA treatment at the security check.