Idaho Man Russell Miller Punches Teen on Airplane Over iPhone

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

We've all heard the announcement on airplanes: "Shut off all electronic devices upon landing" or words to that effect. Well, one Idaho man apparently takes the warning very seriously, punching a teenager who did not heed the order.

A Southwest plane was approaching the airport in Boise Tuesday night when a 15-year-old, who was listening to music and playing games on his iPhone, did not turn the device off. Perhaps he didn't hear the announcement over the music.

Whatever the reason, it angered 68-year-old Russell Miller, who was sitting behind the teen. Passengers said Miller slugged the boy on the arm.

"He punched him so hard there was a mark on the teen's arm. That gave us probable cause to believe the reports from the other passengers," police Lt. Kent Lipple told Boise TV station KBOI.

Miller was arrested when the plane landed and charged with misdemeanor battery.

Miller, however, defended his action, reportedly telling police he "felt he was protecting the entire plane and its occupants."

The name of the teen has not been released. He was flying alone and not with a parent.