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Cell Phone User Forces AirTran Flight Delay

5:25 PM, Nov 18, 2009   |    comments
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ATLANTA - A passenger who refused to get off his cell phone delayed a departing AirTran flight from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Tuesday.

An AirTran spokesman said as flight 297 to Houston was taxiing to a runway, a passenger ignored requests by a flight attendant to turn off his cell phone and continued to use it.

As a precauction, the pilot returned the aircraft to the gate where officials said the passenger was asked to get off and he complied.

The other passengers re-boarded the plane around 6:00 p.m.

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