United pilot detained for mocking Brazilian airport security

06/28/2010 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

Airport security officials in Rio de Janeiro briefly detained a United Airlines pilot who dropped his pants when screeners asked him to remove his belt and shoes. Michael D. Slynn allegedly responded to the request by laughing at security guards and lowering his pants to his ankles. The U.S. pilot "did not respect security rules and made fun of officers," according to Brazil's federal police chief. After agreeing to appear in court the next time he is in Brazil, Slynn was allowed to return to the U.S., and a spokeswoman for United said the company is "investigating the matter."

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