Airline workers at Logan Airport allegedly threatened passengers with arrest for taking video

A plane at Logan Airport in Boston.
A plane at Logan Airport in Boston. –Pat Greenhouse / The Boston Globe, File

Angry Canadian tourists said they endured lengthy delays at Logan Airport a day after Thursday’s Nor’easter and surly airline employees who threatened to have passengers arrested for recording cellphone video at the airport gate.

Rick and Ellen Howard; their daughter, Rebecca; son, Josh; and Josh’s girlfriend, Kira Wegler; were headed home to Toronto on Friday after a trip to Orlando, Fla., when a delayed flight caused them to miss a connection in Boston, the elder Howards said in a phone interview Wednesday.

The travelers were ticketed for a Porter Airlines flight that was scheduled to leave at 5:30 p.m. Friday but was also delayed, they said. They finally began boarding around 8 p.m., the Howards said, and then spent more than 90 minutes on the tarmac, hearing regular updates on the crew’s struggle to close the luggage compartment door.


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