WASHINGTON, May 18, 2011 (AFP) - A young woman who insisted on noisily chatting on her cell phone throughout a marathon 15-hour train ride was forcibly removed by police following numerous passenger complaints.
The woman was traveling on Amtrak's Coast Starlight, which runs between Los Angeles and Seattle, Washington, and was speaking loudly enough to annoy surrounding passengers, said Amtrak spokesman Vernay Graham.
"I guess she got into some sort of confrontation with others passengers that were sitting around her," said Graham, adding that the train had almost reached its destination when the conductor decided to call local police after the train pulled into the station at Salem, Oregon.
"We consider them unruly passengers when we've asked them to stop doing some kind of behavior and they continue on. Then it's up to the discretion of the service crew, in this case the conductor, to decide that they would be removed," said Graham.
Amtrak, the national rail operator, is not following up with any charges, he said.
美여성, 기차에서 통화하다 경찰에 쫓겨나
15시간에 걸친 기차 여행 중 한 여성이 시끄럽게 통화를 하다 경찰에게 쫓겨났다.
로스앤젤레스와 시카고를 오가는 앰트랙 코스트 스타라이트 기차를 타고 있던 이 여성은 주변 사람들을 짜증나게 했다고 열차 관계자의 말을 인용해 외신이 보도했다.
이 여성이 경찰에 의해 끌어내려진 것은 목적지에 거의 도달한 시점이었다. 열차 관계자는 "한 번 주의를 주었는데도 불구하고 계속 다른 승객들을 불편하게 하는 승객에겐 어쩔 수 없이 제재를 해야한다"고 말했다.