Passengers on their way to Toronto, Canada were held on the tarmac at Boston Logan International Airport for about two hours because of a mechanical malfunction on the aircraft. During the delay, the passengers claim an airline staff member forced them to delete video recordings from their phones and threatened to have them arrested if they did not comply.
Those aboard the Porter Airlines flight last weekend were ordered to deplane and wait inside the Boston airport terminal after their flight was canceled.
“There was a problem with the latch door to the luggage compartment and when it passed 10 o’clock apparently the crew couldn’t fly anymore because…in their words, they would turn into pumpkins,” Kira Wegler, a Toronto resident flying back from Florida, told Canadian television network Global News.
Passengers were informed the PA system was broken and had to line up to receive information about their flight. It was then that frustrated flyers pulled out their phones to videotape the Porter staff addressing customers, which led to the threats, passengers claim.
“At that point, the personnel came from behind the desk and started threatening us, to call the police if we don’t delete the videos off of our phones and show evidence that it’s gone from our trash bin,” said Wegler.
“They were going to have us arrested,” she continued.
Wegler said many complied with the rules and deleted the recordings, but she decided to keep some on her phone despite the threats.
In the videos, Porter staff explains that video recording is not permitted in the airport because of security rules – which is false.
According to a statement from Massachusetts Port Authority spokesperson Jennifer Mehigan to Newsweek, “There is no law or policy that prohibits filming inside Logan Airport except in secure areas and of all security procedures.”