PG-13 movies haven’t been this controversial since middle school.
A United Airlines flight from Denver to Baltimore was diverted after a family complained about its “violent” PG-13 inflight movie.
During the flight, an unnamed family became concerned that the film, the PG-13 action thriller “Alex Cross,” was too inappropriate to be shown to its two young children, The Atlantic reports.
“Alex Cross,” which stars Tyler Perry as the titular character, was rated PG-13 “for violence, including disturbing images, sexual content, language, drug references, and nudity.”
"Alarmed by the opening scenes, we asked two flight attendants if they could turn off the monitor; both claimed it was not possible," said the family, according to The Atlantic.
After a protracted argument with the fight crew, the offended family conceded, and attempted to prevent their children from watching the rest of the PG-13 movie. The family insists that it did nothing that could be construed as a threat to the plane’s well-being.
"We asked if the captain has the authority to address this issue, but received no response," the family said. "Throughout these interactions the atmosphere was collegial, no voices were raised and no threats, implicit or explicit, of any kind were made. The flight continued without incident, while my wife and I engaged our children to divert their attention from the horrific scenes on the movie screens."
The plane’s pilot disagreed, announcing that the aircraft was being diverted to Chicago over “security concerns.” The family was briefly questioned by local authorities before being booked on a new flight.
"United flight 638 from Denver to Baltimore diverted to Chicago O'Hare after the crew reported a disturbance involving a passenger," United Airlines told Fox News. "The flight landed without incident and the customers were removed from the aircraft. We reaccommodated the customers on the next flight to Baltimore and have since conducted a full review of our inflight entertainment."
Meanwhile, the family claims that the captain overreacted to a harmless situation, even suggesting that he had abused his power.
"We understand that airline captains can and should have complete authority," the family said. "However, when this authority is used for senseless, vindictive acts, it must be addressed."
The family also suggested that United Airlines reconsider its movie selection for future flights.
"Had this been in a cinema or a restaurant, we would have simply left if the content were too violent," the family said, according to The Atlantic. "Cruising at 30,000 feet, leaving was not an option.”