Privacy Defense Fails For Amorous Pax

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A California man who apparently believes he had a right to privacy in one of the least private environments imaginable, the cabin of an airliner, will likely face jail time for trying to protect that right. Carl William Persing was convicted of interfering with flight attendants and crewmembers on a trip from LAX to Raleigh, N.C., last year. According to a criminal complaint quoted by The Associated Press, Persing and his girlfriend Dawn Elizabeth Sewell were "embracing, kissing and acting in a manner that made other passengers uncomfortable," and when crewmembers asked them to stop, Persing threatened them. Assistant U.S. Attorney John Bower said the felony conviction will likely result in jail time. Persing’s lawyer Deb Newton said her client was “devastated” by the verdict and added that he was defending his right to be left alone. She said he will appeal. Charges against Sewell for her alleged role in the incident were dropped.