Man Arrested For Bringing Suspicious Bagel Onboard

Travelers onboard a US Airways flight from Boston to Washington DC reported hearing “strange noises” from the plastic bag a fellow passenger had stored in the overhead compartment. He was arrested and charged with interfering with the operation of an aircraft. Subsequent inspection revealed the plastic bag to contain a bagel with cream cream cheese and a hat.

The arrest and charges weren’t for the package itself but when the crew asked him about it he got on his cellphone. They asked him to turn it off and sit down and we he did not comply he was handcuffed, reports NBC Miami.

That’s all well and good but it leaves an important question unanswered: how do you hear a bagel?

Florida Professor Arrested for Having a “Suspicious” Bagel on a Plane [NBC Miami] (Thanks to Parv!)

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  1. larrymac thinks testing should have occurred says:

    What kind of hat was the bagel wearing?

  2. Blueskylaw says:

    I remember a flight attendant once say:
    When I first started this job they gave us white gloves. Now they give us handcuffs.

  3. SkokieGuy says:

    Perhaps he was turning on his his cellphone to video the confrontation?

    • dourdan says:

      +1 i would have to agree. the title of the artlcie would be “arrested for a bagel?” it would be all over yahoo and msn

    • Griking says:

      If that’s the case then I’m glad he was arrested.

      Put the damn camera down and stop making everyone’s jobs more difficult than they have to be. I mean what the hell is this guy even thinking? Your bag is making a strange noise on an airline (no clue what it could have been) and when they ask about it instead of complying you quickly turn on your phone? Are you serious? He’s probably lucky that an airline Marshall didn’t shoot him.

      • damicatz says:

        Ah yes, let’s resort to the typical government tactic of violence and have an air marshal shoot him because he dared to turn his cell phone on.

      • PadThai says:

        See, my first assumption was he was trying to call his lawyer…

    • BluePlastic says:

      That’s what I was wondering. He probably wouldn’t have been escorted off if he’d simply explained that he had a bag with a bagel, a hat, some keys, and other “small food items.” I bet it was the keys making noise. What was with standing up and turning on his cell phone?

  4. macoan says:

    “The arrest and charges weren’t for the package itself but when the crew asked him about it he got on his cellphone. They asked him to turn it off and sit down and we he did not comply he was handcuffed”

    Well at least you put in the article WHY he was truly arrested for…. instead of the FALSE headline catching title

    • SabreDC says:

      Articles don’t get hits; sensational headlines do.

    • GWC3 says:

      My thoughts exactly.

      Title: “Man Arrested For Bringing Suspicious Bagel Onboard”

      Article: “The arrest and charges weren’t for the package itself [but were for failing to comply with instructions.]“

      Nice. Thanks, Ben.

    • tsukiotoshi says:

      I think every article I’ve seen about this incident has led with the bagel thing, so Consumerist is not alone here.

    • Megalomania says:

      Let’s see… a guy is getting confronted for “strange noises” coming from a bag he knows damn well contains a bagel and a hat. What could he POSSIBLY have wanted to do with his phone that would have been completely within his rights to do and would be very useful had they allowed him to do it?

      The answer is “videotaping the jackasses who are accusing him of having an overly loud bagel”

      • Chaosium says:

        “Let’s see… a guy is getting confronted for “strange noises” coming from a bag he knows damn well contains a bagel and a hat. What could he POSSIBLY have wanted to do with his phone that would have been completely within his rights to do and would be very useful had they allowed him to do it?

        The answer is “videotaping the jackasses who are accusing him of having an overly loud bagel”

        No, that’s stupid. And no, it is not within his rights to do at that juncture.

        • spamtasticus says:

          Actually. He is within his rights at each and every second of this entire ordeal. He has broken no law and is doing nothing threatening. If you disagree with me please sight the exact line in the contract of carriage (the plane ticket) That gives the airline the right to do what it did. Alternatively, please site the part of the US or state constitution that allows an agent of the government to arrest someone for anything this man did.

          Thank you.

          • RomeoCharlie says:

            USC Title 49, Subtitle VII-A, Ch. 465, § 46504. Interference with flight crew members and attendants. “An individual on an aircraft in the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States who, by assaulting or intimidating a flight crew member or flight attendant of the aircraft, interferes with the performance of the duties of the member or attendant or lessens the ability of the member or attendant to perform those duties, or attempts or conspires to do such an act, shall be fined under title 18, imprisoned for not more than 20 years, or both. However, if a dangerous weapon is used in assaulting or intimidating the member or attendant, the individual shall be imprisoned for any term of years or for life. “

            The applicable part of this law is the “lessens the ability of the member or attendant to perform those duties…” Also, you spelled “cite” two different wrong ways. You’re welcome.

            • FredKlein says:

              Um, puling out a cellphone to record the idiots accusing your bagel of making noise in no way interferes with the flight attendants.

            • Lameth says:

              You left out this part:

              “who, by assaulting or intimidating a flight crew member or flight attendant of the aircraft”

              In no way did he attempt to assault or intimidate the individuals.

            • Chaosium says:

              “Milatovic got on his cell phone. The crew asked him to hang it up and sit down. When he refused, he was cuffed.”

              He is not within his rights to do this on a plane.

          • Chaosium says:

            “If you disagree with me please sight the exact line in the contract of carriage (the plane ticket) That gives the airline the right to do what it did.”

            Talk to the TSA. If they want your electronics put away, put the fucking electronics away.

      • BluePlastic says:

        He knows what it is (also keys), but the flight crew and other passengers don’t. All they know is somebody has a suspicious pkg and won’t talk, won’t sit down, and is trying to turn on his cell phone.

        • TooManyHobbies says:

          Very good point. I’d probably err on the side of caution here too, given that the current worry is cell phone triggered bombs.

    • myCatCracksMeUp says:

      Seriously?

      Everyone else seems to enjoy the headline and article and are making jokes and puns, and you have to bitch about the headline?

      • macoan says:

        My problem is they do it all the time – and a lot of the time, they will not even mention the REAL reason – usually have to follow a link and read for awhile… which a lot of people don’t, so they all of a sudden form a bad opinion about someone/someplace without knowing the real store.

        The one that sticks in my mind is one from awhile back and the headline & article talks about how a pizza place fired an employee for stopping a robber. (You had to do more research to find out the reason the employee was fired was because they did not follow the rule of an employee can not have firearm with them while working, which this person did.) And because he used the firearm to stop a robber makes a good headline, that part had nothing to do with why they were fired.

        • milhouse24 says:

          +1. And the one just recently about Apple pulling VLC from the App Store. Sure, Apple did the actual removal of the app, but it was VLC who initiated it. Maybe they’re just trying to increase their page views?

  5. indiecognition says:

    maybe the bagel sounded a little bit poppy?

  6. TerpBE says:

    The guy in the seat next to him also had a bag, but it had a hat and a buttered roll in it. The guy who was arrested wouldn’t have had any trouble if it wasn’t for the hole-ier than thou attitude.

  7. Bagels says:

    What’d I do now?

  8. CrankyOwl says:

    How do you hear a bagel? Haven’t you ever heard a bagel kvetch? “Oy, all the time with the same shmeer. Give it a rest already!”

  9. Quake 'n' Shake says:

    That’s all well and good but it leaves an important question unanswered: how do you hear a bagel?

    You don’t. Clearly the other passengers overheard the hat.

  10. cvt2010 says:

    Damn picture made me really hungry. Someone please bring me a bagel.

    • hotdogsunrise says:

      I know it’s not very healthy, but I’m seriously considering having a bagel for dinner now. Damn, that looks so freaking delicious!

      • Applekid ┬──┬ ノ( ã‚œ-゜ノ) says:

        During my college days, I would routinely eat a sandwich as follows:
        1) Onion bagel, toasted, with a trail of honey drawn in a circle following it on one side,
        2) Apply slice of provolone to that honey side,
        2) Apply two boneless fried chicken tenderloins, in alternate directions so they “fit”,
        3) Apply two slices of american cheese, one rotated 45 degrees
        4) Draw a spiral with ketchup
        6) Top with second side of bagel.

        Then I would push it down to make it compatible with my jaw, it being unable to unhinge itself.

        I was (er, still am) quite fat. But it still was amazing.

        • Chaosium says:

          That sounds horribly gross, and not just for the thisiswhyyourefat.comness. The tastes aren’t harmonious.

  11. rahntwo says:

    It was Hiram the Singing Bagel- the Jewish version of Billy the Singing Bass.

  12. Zowzers says:

    its comforting to know how easy it is to get someone questioned for terrorism nowadays. Just say you heard or saw something suspicious. Yippee to 1984!; we’re all safer now that we are all watching each other and reporting it to the authorities.

    • Galium says:

      Being in school during the fifties, we where always told about those communist and how they, like the nazi’s, snitched on each other. It was stated that both of these doctrines followed the theory of telling on the “wrong doers” so the government could act in the best interest of the country and arrest them. I am glad nothing like unreasonable snitching will happen in a democratic republic.

      • Zowzers says:

        seriously, There are billboards popping up around town that say “see something, say something”.

        Remember, we have always been at war with oceana.

  13. Me - now with more humidity says:

    They just want to shmear his reputation.

  14. esp13 has a pony named Steve says:

    Man Arrested For Bringing Suspicious Bagel Onboard

    The arrest and charges weren’t for the package itself…

    Um, yeah.

  15. nutbastard says:

    After he was cuffed he was told to “spread ‘em”

  16. squirrel says:

    Quite likely the bag it was in “popped”. Usually when I need to travel back from the east coast, I smuggle some Utz potato chips in my luggage. I stopped doing the carry-on with them because of the loud popping noises they make when the plane reaches altitude attracts the wrong kind of attention.

    The popping doesn’t bother me because they usually don’t last very long after landing to get stale anyway.

  17. HogwartsProfessor says:

    That bagel looks suspiciously delicious.

  18. RosevilleWgn says:

    If it had creme cheese on it, in a sealed bag of some sort, the heat in the plane may have caused it to start expanding the bag. Same thing happens if you leave a sandwich in a plastic baggy in the sun in your car.

    • Chaosium says:

      “If it had creme cheese on it, in a sealed bag of some sort, the heat in the plane may have caused it to start expanding the bag. Same thing happens if you leave a sandwich in a plastic baggy in the sun in your car.”

      It’s not fermenting, it’s a pressurized cabin.

  19. Cyniconvention says:

    I bet handcuffing it would be pretty awkward.

  20. Paladin656 says:

    From the linked article: “When confronted by the US Airways crew about his “suspicious package,” Milatovic got on his cell phone. The crew asked him to hang it up and sit down. When he refused, he was cuffed.”

    So the crew handcuffed him on the plane? Am I reading the correctly?

  21. scoosdad says:

    It was making yummy sounds.

  22. Bodger says:

    The delusional paranoid can hear many things that others can’t and sometimes the others just seem to go along for the ride. Maybe the guy was getting on his cellphone to call 911 to report that the inmates had taken over the asylum.

  23. john says:

    If he was ignoring the attendants and instead decided to get out his phone, I probably would have helped the attendants. Remote detonation by cell phone is a terrorist specialty.

  24. FrugalFreak says:

    He was arrested for not being a pushover and treating the employees like Gods. Video is the new fightback!

  25. oldwiz65 says:

    The passenger is lucky he didn’t get a one way ticket to Gitmo, where he could be tortured to reveal the identity of the bagel maker.

  26. OnePumpChump says:

    How much cream cheese was there? Was it over 100 ml?

  27. Levk says:

    Oh yes those dreaded Bagel bombs!! we are safe from them at last!!! Now all we have to do is find a way to stop people from coming on planes with knives and bombs and we be ok

  28. sonnetfm says:

    Is it really so hard to proofread these posts before submitting?

  29. gman863 says:

    The TSA screws up again by not giving the bagel a reach-around during the security screening.

    Oy Vay!

  30. Rocket says:

    Eat a Bagel. LIKE A BOSS!

  31. flip says:

    people are just so stupid. As are the flight attendants.

  32. Press1forDialTone says:

    Clearly, it was a setup.
    The flight attendants *all* knew about the bagel and
    were determined to get it. The claim of popping was
    an excuse to get at its delicious yumminess.

    To add insult to injury, the captain of the plane had
    admired the hat as it was being checked by its owner
    prior to takeoff and by golly he was going to have it!

    Anyone with a cell phone is automatically cuffed as a
    customer service of the airline so they can avoid carpal
    tunnel tapping on the ridiculous keypads.

  33. kagroves says:

    I can’t bring a bottle of water and a package of crackers on board a plane, but this guy got a bagel with a shmear on the plane? Where is TSA? Hole-y crap! Let’s get Napalitano on this right away! We can’t have people having food on flights!

  34. parliboy says:

    Misleading titles like that are why Fark makes fun of Consumerist.

  35. smartmuffin says:

    So basically, he wasn’t arrested for the bagel at all, he was arrested for operating his cell-phone and disobeying the instructions of a crew member. It’s like you didn’t even TRY to make an accurate headline/summary of the incident…

  36. YokoOhNo says:

    what about the children! has anybody thought about the children!?!?!?