Monday, June 16, 2008

Up, Up, and Away!

A flight attendant from Michigan and an airline pilot face fines of $300 apiece after a nighttime romp in the woods that ended when police found the pilot hiding behind a shed wearing only flip-flops and a wristwatch.

Jeffrey Bradford and Adrianna Connor, both 24, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct charges in Dauphin County Court (Pennsylvania) last Monday. Both Bradford and Connor declined comment after leaving the courthouse, but Connor’s attorney said he was pleased to have the case resolved.

“We think it was an appropriate result and are grateful it was done in a timely manner without more invasion into their private lives,” attorney J. Michael Sheldon said. “On a public service note, this is what alcohol can do.”

Bradford, of Pittsburgh, and Connor, of Belleville, Michigan, both are employees of Pinnacle Airlines, Inc. They were at a suburban Harrisburg diner May 28 before they apparently decided to walk into the woods and have sex, police said.

Neighbors called police, saying they had seen a naked man and an intoxicated woman. A helicopter with heat-seeking equipment was called in, and Bradford later was discovered hiding behind a shed wearing only flip-flops and a wristwatch.

Still with me at this point? Now, notice the next bit of information. Prosecutors withdrew other charges against Bradford and Connor, saying they lacked sufficient evidence. Those charges included indecent exposure and lewdness against Bradford, theft from a motor vehicle against Connor, and public drunkenness, loitering and prowling at night against both of them.

Did we read that correctly? Lacked sufficient evidence to try them on those charges? Are you kidding me? Wasn’t Mr. Bradford naked in the woods, unless you count flip-flops and a wristwatch—isn’t that indecent exposure? Didn’t their attorney say that this shows what alcohol can do—doesn’t that imply public drunkenness? Wasn’t Mr. Bradford hiding behind a shed when they found him—isn’t that prowling at night?

Maybe I’m confused. Maybe the officials decided to go easy on them, thinking they had suffered enough shame and humiliation. Maybe so. Maybe that was the right thing to do.

What do you think?

Oh, one other bit of information you might want to know, especially if you are like me and fly often. Both Bradford and Connor remain suspended from the Memphis, Tennessee-based airline.

Now, that’s good news!


  1. Not sure what to say about this Steve. It would be almost funny if it wasn't so sad. The sad part is that this is seen as wrong because they got caught outside. Would it still not have been wrong if they had gone to one or the other's hotel room? We are a skewed culture.

  2. I think the answer is that both would be/is wrong. I just liked the part about not having enough evidence to convict!


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