A lady was sitting on a Southwest flight from Seattle to San Jose, CA and started looking over the shoulder of the man in front of her. What she saw on his cell phone dismayed her so much she turned him into authorities.
It’s not a happy subject on this Thursday evening:
An airline passenger saw a man sitting in front of her texting about sexually abusing children and used her own cell phone to capture his conversation, police said.
The alert woman then quietly notified crew members on the Seattle-to-San-Jose Southwest Airlines flight. They contacted authorities, leading to the man’s arrest when the jet touched down at Norm Mineta International Airport, according to investigators.
Michael Kellar, 56, was arrested on one charge of soliciting a sex crime and two counts of attempted child molestation, according to the San Jose Police Department.
The woman he was allegedly texting, Gail Burnworth, 50, was arrested at her Tacoma, Washington, home on charges of sexually exploiting a minor, child rape and dealing in child pornography, police said.
Kellar is being held without bail while Burnsworth remains in custody because she has been unable to raise the $1MN her bail has been set at.
Apparently, Keller was using a large phone with a large font, making it easy for the lady behind him to see what he was texting.
Kellar initially told officers he had done nothing wrong and was only engaging in role playing and sexual fantasy during his text conversations with Burnworth, police said.
Would You Turn In Your Seatmate?
What piqued my interest about this story is that I would never read my seatmate’s mobile phone or laptop. Obviously it is not hard if you want to do it, especially in this case with a large font size, but I find it an invasion of privacy and consciously look away. I have no desire to read anyone else’s texts.
I’d like to think that if I read something like that, I would turn them in too. But I honestly don’t think I’d look in the first place. What do you think? Do you look over the shoulder of your seatmates and read their text messages and emails?