100 students ejected from US flight
A group of about 100 high school students travelling from New York to Atlanta were ejected from an AirTran flight after the pilot and crew lost patience with young people who would not sit down and put away their mobile phones.
Seniors from the Yeshiva of Flatbush in Brooklyn were on the flight about 6am on Monday at LaGuardia Airport.
AirTran's parent company, Southwest Airlines, said in a statement that the crew and captain asked passengers several times to put their mobile devices away. The airline said that when some passengers did not comply, the whole group of students was ordered to disembark.
School executive director Seth Linfield said administrators are still looking into the situation, but "preliminarily, it does not appear that the action taken by the flight crew was justified".