US AIRWAYS HAS BLIND MAN ARRESTED FOR ASKING WHY PLANE WAS DELAYED TWO HOURS
Philadelphia Daily News - A blind international interpreter who says he was dragged off a Belgium-bound flight, arrested and held in custody in Philadelphia for hours without food or water faces an arraignment Thursday. His crime: He questioned why his U.S. Airways flight was delayed nearly two hours. Nicola Cantisani, 61, of Brussels, Belgium, a professional translator who has been blind since birth, was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, police said. "This is taking airplane security to a new and ridiculous level," said his attorney, A. Charles Peruto Jr. "It's pretty crazy.". . .
Cantisani said he stood up to request a glass of water and to speak with the crew or captain about the delay, but was told to sit down. . .
Cantisani said he spoke with the captain, who told him the plane was having mechanical problems. He then returned to his seat.
Shortly afterward, another passenger made a remark about the crew, prompting three Philadelphia Police officers to escort that man off the plane, Cantisani said.
Then, police tried to remove Cantisani as well, he said.
Lt. Frank Vanore, a police spokesman, said the police were called to Gate A-19 because of a disorderly passenger.