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68-year-old Russell Miller reportedly punched a 15-year-old boy who didn't heed a flight attendant's call to turn off electrical devices.
msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 12/29/2010 1:30:25 PM ET 2010-12-29T18:30:25

Kids these days ...

Police in Boise, Idaho, arrested a 68-year-old man on Tuesday for reportedly punching a 15-year-old boy who refused to turn off his iPhone on a flight.

"He punched him so hard there was a mark on the teen's arm," Lt. Kent Lipple told Boise's KBOI2.com.

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The teenager, on a Las Vegas-to-Boise flight operated by Southwest, was playing games and listening to music, police say, when flight attendants told passengers to power down electronic devices.

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Russell Miller, witnesses said, became angry that the teen didn't respond.

Miller says he "tapped" the teen on the shoulder after he refused to turn off the phone. He told the Idaho Statesman that he may have "overreacted," but that he did not punch the teen.

After the incident, pilots contacted air-traffic control, who requested that police officers be waiting at the gate upon arrival.

Miller was charged with misdemeanor battery and booked in jail.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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