Dash80 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 187 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1175 times:
Michael Lasseter plead guilty to his Nov. 16 escapde at ATL. He received 10 days in jail (5 weekends), 500 hours of community service, a $3300 fine from the FAA and the judge barred him from attending Georgia games.
He also settled his $100K lawsuit with Airtrans for a "modest" sum.
Luisca From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1084 times:
this is the most absurd thing I have ever heard. He should have been aquited. he screwd up but thats not a reason to give him this sentence. anyone with common sence should know this. its over reacting to close an airport becouse one person breachd security.
ThirtyEcho From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 1643 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1068 times:
So this moron delays how many thousands of people and who knows how many flights and he goes to jail on weekends? I guess he'll have to do his flying on weekdays.
Why did they ban him from football games and NOT ban him from airports?
Airplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1019 times:
Seems a little light, but at least he got some punishment. I had to fly out of ATL going to SAN the day after his little "adventure." I had no trouble getting bags checked or anything, but I have never seen so many people in an airport at one time. They were mostly the people who had missed flights the day before because of the guy. I felt really bad for them because just by looking at the lines (if you're familiar with ATL, they went all the way from indoor baggage check area way into the atrium restaurant and shopping area) I knew many would be in those lines for 6+ hours.
Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 977 times:
If they really wanted to punish him, they should have made him go to Georgia Tech games for a year! He really did escape with a slap on the wrist. Five weekends in jail? What is the punishment of that? The fine was the max that he could be fined. I think the 500 hours of community service should be picking up FOD at ATL!
Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8060 posts, RR: 54
Reply 10, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 955 times:
Why should he be punished? Isn't it the job of security to stop people going back the wrong way through metal detectors or whatever he did? US airline security before 9/11 was so non-existent you could pretty much anything you wanted, non-passengers going right to the gate etc. So some people took a while to get used to the new regime, hardly surprising, they'd had a lifetime of wandering about airports without hinderance.
I posted a few days ago about how I am worried about visiting the US since 9/11 and this is a perfect example of why. You make one innocent mistake and bam, anti-terrorist laws and god knows what else and you're in jail. If this guy had been a foreigner with a Syrian visa (ie me) he would have fitted quite easily into the new laws about "terror suspects" being detained and interrogated without access to a lawyer, etc etc. It'd be much more serious than a few weekends in jail and barred from a few sports matches. I know (as was pointed out in the thread, and I agree wholeheartedly) there's nothing to be worried about but one slip up like this and suddenly you're not going home for five years, or at the very least you'll be in custody for weeks without bail or representation. Know what I mean?
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DL Widget Head From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2084 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 936 times:
"You make one innocent mistake and bam, anti-terrorist laws and god knows what else and you're in jail."
He knew that what he was doing was wrong. He ran past a security guard the wrong way, down the up escalator, all the while yelling "to hell with you" at the security guard. Innocent? Ah, no. In fact, he himself admitted guilt. I think he got off very lightly considering this all happened post 9-11.
Jhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6202 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 918 times:
My flight was cancelled because of this mess. I know many people on this forum would love to throw this guy in prison for 20+ and ten zillion dollar fine, but the punishment has to fit the CRIME, not necessarily the incidental results of the crime (although he could be held civilly responsible for this). Apparently, there is no specific law against bypassing security (at least in Georgia). So they nabbed him with the law that they could (treaspassing), and I guess they dropped the disorderly conduct charge. If you want stricter laws, write your congressman.
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