Unruly Airline Passenger Gets 2 1/2 Years In Prison

A New York man who raised a ruckus on a Continental Airlines jet in a failed attempt to get a free ticket has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison.

Arthur David Proskin was sentenced Thursday by a federal judge
in Texas for interfering with a flight crew. He pleaded guilty in

Prosecutors say Proskin was traveling from Houston to Palm Springs, Calif., last April, when a beverage cart struck his knee. They say he acted upset and yelled obscenities at a flight attendant and other passengers.

The plane diverted to Midland International Airport where the then-44-year-old Proskin was removed and arrested.

He later told investigators that he created the disturbance to get free travel vouchers.

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  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Jan 23, 2009 at 07:06 AM
    Annon. and Common Sense are both right. And now we start doing the same to the personal injury lawyers.
  • by Common Sense on Jan 23, 2009 at 04:18 AM
    I agree with you Anonymous about people trying to get something for nothing - HOWEVER - why is it that someone gets sentenced 2 and a 1/2 years for something so minor and drug dealers and rapests just get a slap on the wrist? Doesn't make much sense to me...
  • by Anonymous on Jan 23, 2009 at 03:56 AM
    They should have given him that sentence. I am glad that people can't always get "FREE stuff" for acting insane. This should be a wake up call and stopping point for allowing such. Sad that it will not be.

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