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Austin man charged after refusing to hang up cellphone during Southwest Airlines flight

13 May 2008

An Austin businessman was charged with disorderly conduct after he allegedly refused to stop using his mobile phone on a flight Monday from Austin to Dallas Love Field.

Dallas police met the plane after the pilot radioed ahead to the Love Field tower. They cited Joe David Jones, 50, president of an Austin-based environmental start-up company called Skyonic Corp., with the Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500.

The incident occurred as a Southwest flight from Austin began its descent into Dallas.

source: Dallas News

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