Unlike many other locations where there are large public crowds, airline passengers and other at Detroit Metro Airport do not necessarily have the same rights that they would have at other retail locations or places of mass transportation. One of the most common ways that individuals face criminal offenses at the Detroit Metro Airport is by getting into arguments with airline people, or airline employees. Air travel can be stressful and frustrating, especially when your flight is canceled or delayed. Whether you get angry going through security or while waiting to board a delayed flight, it is important to avoid getting into a dispute with an airport or airline employee.
The Wayne County Airport Authority Airport Ordinance, or the Airport Rules and Regulations, prohibit certain behaviors at Detroit Metro Airport, and these can include arguments with airline workers. If you are facing one of the following offenses, it is important to discuss your defense options with a Michigan criminal defense attorney.
Disputes within the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
Whether you are arguing with an airline employee due to a delayed or canceled flight, or you are engaged in a dispute for another reason, you can face charges under Section 11,
If you do any of the following, or argue with airport personnel about any of the following, you can face charges::
- Failing to promptly and without delay comply with a lawful order from a Police Officer at the airport (Section 6.19);
- Failing to promptly and without delay comply with a lawful order from the owner or operator of an Aircraft to leave the aircraft (Section 6.20);
- Arguing with airport personnel about storing, keeping, handling, using, dispensing, or transporting any prohibited materials such as explosives, gasoline, or alcohol, even if the substance is not illegal to possess outside the airport (Section 9.10);
- Arguing with airport personnel about tampering with Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) equipment (Section 9.19);
- Interfere with, assault, threaten, or intimidate screening, inspection, or any other Airport Security personnel in the performance of their duties (Section 11.4);
- Divulging sensitive security information to individuals who do not have an operational need for that information in the course of arguing with an airline employee or airport personnel (Section 11.9);
- Prohibiting someone from entering a public area of the airport during your argument (Section 11.10);
- Make any fraudulent or intentionally false statement, even if you are engaged in an argument (Section 11.12);
- Erect, post, distribute, or display signs, bills, leaflets, or other visual or auditory advertising matter upon Airport premises (Section 14.17), for which a penalty is a misdemeanor (Section 14.18); and
- Arguing with airport personnel about your activities involving picketing in public areas (Section 15.17, 15.18).
Penalties for violations of the misdemeanor offenses listed above primarily are outlined under Section 22 of the Airport Rules and Regulations. It is important to note that the list above is not all-inclusive. You can face charges for other offenses depending upon your specific actions if and when you get into an argument with airport or airline personnel.
Seek Assistance from a Michigan Airport Crimes Lawyer
If you are facing charges for one of the offenses in the Airport Rules and Regulations, you should speak with a Michigan airport crimes defense lawyer about your case. Contact the law office of Paul J. Tafelski for more information about how we can assist you.