LAWMAN GROUNDED – Friday May 3 2013

– The nation’s top lawmaker has been ticked off for breaking flight rules in a high-flying phone drama.
Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has issued a red-faced apology after Qantas called in the Australian Federal Police when he refused to turn off his mobile phone on a flight.
Mr Dreyfus was determined to check emails on his smartphone during the take-off of a Sydney to Brisbane flight last week.
After he ignored recorded warnings about turning off all electrical equipment, an angry fellow passenger complained to Mr Dreyfus.
Moments later a flight attendant admonished the former barrister, later reporting the situation to the plane’s captain.
The airline took the incident so seriously it then alerted the AFP. Officers asked to meet the plane and the Attorney-General at its destination.
Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association secretary Steve Purvinas said yesterday that Mr Dreyfus’s mobile phone could have interfered with navigation systems, increasing the chances of a crash.
Mr Dreyfus confirmed he had been told to turn his phone off, and said he apologised to those on board.
Mr Purvinas said mobile phones were banned during take-off because they could affect the aeroplane’s altimeters.
“The radio altimeters tell the aircraft systems what height it is at,” he said. “If the aircraft is driving towards 30,000 feet but it thinks it’s already at 40,000 feet then it would tend to want to decrease altitude. That’s not what you like to happen just after take-off.
“This is the first case I have heard of the AFP being called out to talk to a passenger who refused to turn off their mobile phone.”
Mr Dreyfus had been at the opening of a Sydney legal centre on April 23rd before boarding the aircraft.
Gia Metherell, a spokeswoman for Mr Dreyfus, said the Attorney-General was met by security when he arrived in Brisbane – Stephen Drill


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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