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NWA Flight Att. Sentenced For Spiking Kid's Drink  
User currently offlineBeefer From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 390 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3303 times:

I'm sure most of you remember when this was in the news. Thought I'd let everyone know the outcome of this.

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NWA flight attendant sentenced for spiking toddler's juice
Associated Press

Published November 12, 2003 FLIG13
DETROIT -- A Northwest Airlines flight attendant who spiked a toddler's apple juice with an anti-anxiety drug to stop her crying was sentenced Wednesday to four months of home confinement.

Daniel Cunningham, 39, of Ann Arbor, pleaded guilty in May to federal charges that included assault and distribution of a controlled substance on an aircraft.

The incident was discovered by the 19-month-old girl's mother, who took the juice off the Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight last August after noticing that it was bitter and foamy and had blue and white specks floating in it.

Turner had it analyzed by a laboratory, which confirmed the presence of Xanax, which is prescribed for panic attacks and anxiety, the FBI said. The drug can cause drowsiness and lightheadedness.

The girl suffered no serious injury.

Cunningham was fired by Northwest. Federal sentencing guidelines called for zero to four months' in prison.

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Courtesy of Minneapolis Star Tribune

Link to article: http://www.startribune.com/stories/484/4208471.html


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User currently offlineCanadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3241 times:

And so this flight attendant should have been fired and prosecuted. Inexusable. Thankfully, the child is fine. What was going through this FA's mind is beyond me. The effect of the Xanax could perhaps have proven to be fatal.

User currently offlineAviatortj From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1838 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3133 times:

What an idiot!? A flight attendant who can not tolerate situations like a child crying is in the wrong line of work. He deserved everything he got and then some.

User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6206 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2978 times:

4 months house arrest! What a slap on the wrist! I would have given this F/A 5 Years in the Federal pound-me-in-the-A$$ prison!


Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
User currently offlineAWA22 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2921 times:

"4 months house arrest! What a slap on the wrist! I would have given this F/A 5 Years in the Federal pound-me-in-the-A$$ prison!"


"Federal sentencing guidelines called for zero to four months' in prison."

I dont beleive the judge could do that if federal regs state that guidelines was zero to 4 months in prison.




User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 85
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2863 times:

The judge should have given the FA 4 months in prison.

House arrest with TV and your kitchen and your own bed and your own shower is NOT prison.

That kid could easily have died.


User currently offlineJT8D From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 170 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2822 times:

I wonder how long it will be before the Civil lawsuits against the F/A and NWA are settled.

That F/A was a sad example in a profession which is filled with some of the most hard working, conscientious and patient individuals around. Too bad some will inevitably tar everyone else with the same brush.

GH




Graham Hitchen, KMIA
User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2757 times:

Speaking strictly as a frequent flyer...she should have received a national holiday in her honour...or at the very least, a parade.

I would gladly have defended her pro bono. But, as is the case, it looks like she had fairly competent counsel.

Screaming children? Put them outside!

Yes, I'm aware this likely is the minority opinion.


User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13743 posts, RR: 61
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2700 times:
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Not that I have any sympathy for this idiot, but just out of curiosity, what happens when the bank forecloses on his house during this home arrest?

I mean, he's been fired by NW...and odds are any other employer won't look too kindly on his actions, so he probably hasn't made mortgage payments for awhile and won't for at least another four months....

Just a thought!  Big grin

RB



"In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem - government IS the problem." - Ronald Reagan
User currently offline767Lover From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2609 times:

It is strange that, given the option to sentence some prison time, the judge decided not too. I mean, people get put in jail for things like failing to get their dog proper treatment. Here we are talking about drugging a child. It almost seems like the judge is trying to make a statement or something, because I agree, how awful is being confined to home, really?

User currently offlinePBIflyguy From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 248 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2462 times:

Greg... you said

"Speaking strictly as a frequent flyer...she should have received a national holiday in her honour...or at the very least, a parade"

You obviously are not a parent.

Oh, and by the way the FA was Male , not Female.......


User currently offlineDionysus From Thailand, joined Aug 2003, 67 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2434 times:

Despite the wrong doing, ten years ago I was on a SQ flight from Athens to Singapore, there was one baby that cried almost 5 hours straight. Can you imagine the pain of all the passengers?

User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 858 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2349 times:

I eat Xanor *Xanax*, 3 mg/day and I feel just fiiine........ Nuts
BUT for a young child it could be fatal, her breathing
could stop etc. etc. Scary!!

Hejdå
Michael/SE



Airbus SAS - Love them both
User currently onlineLoneStarMike From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 3867 posts, RR: 34
Reply 13, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 2197 times:

I agree with those who say the punishment seems light. At the very least he should have also been required to perform community service.

LoneStarMike

User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12150 posts, RR: 49
Reply 14, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 2184 times:

I agree the sentence seems light for what he did. I have been on long haul flights tho where I have thought it, tho I would never do it.


You can cut the irony with a knife
User currently offlineGoose From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 1840 posts, RR: 15
Reply 15, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 2141 times:

Drug the kid because he or she is screaming? Nah. That's what the overhead luggage storage is for.... "quiet time."  Big grin

I'm kidding!  Big grin



"Talk to me, Goose..."
User currently offlineKl911 From Czech Republic, joined Jul 2003, 5297 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 2111 times:

They should have sentenced the mother for bringing a screaming baby on a 8 hour flight! I'm happy I wasn't sitting next to them after a days work!  Laugh out loud

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