Romney Attacked on Flight from Canada

Feb 16, 2010 8:43am

ABC News’ Rick Klein and John Berman report: Former Gov. Mitt Romney was attacked by a fellow passenger yesterday on a flight returning to the United States from Vancouver, where he was attending Winter Olympic ceremonies.


Romney, R-Mass., was uninjured in the altercation with the passenger on board the Air Canada flight from Vancouver to Los Angeles, according to a spokesman.


The spokesman, Eric Fehrnstrom, said the other passenger — who was sitting in front of his wife, Ann — became enraged after Romney asked him to move his seat to the upright position during takeoff.


“The passenger became physically violent,” Fehrnstrom said. “Gov. Romney did not retaliate, but instead allowed the airline crew to respond to the incident. The plane returned to the gate and the passenger was arrested by the police. Gov. Romney was not injured. He resumed his flight home on the same plane.” 

Romney, who ran the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, was an honored guest at the 2010 games. He has a new book, “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness,” set for release next month.

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