Family sues Delta over agent smacking phone out of kid's hand

Apparently, even kids aren’t safe from the wrath of airline agents.

A 12-year-old boy waiting to board a Delta flight from La Guardia Airport to Florida with his family had the cell phone smacked out of his hands by an airline employee who didn’t want him filming her excuses to weary passengers after a 17-hour delay, according to a suit filed in Rockland County.

Matthew Boggan was headed to West Palm Beach with 10 family members on July 1, 2016 when their trip was beset by the nearly day-long delay. The Boggans say that they were forced to sleep on the floor outside the gate for Delta Flight 2370.


After waiting in the terminal for 12 hours Boggan took his iPhone 6s out of his pocket and started recording the scene on Snapchat. The pre-teen wanted to film the passengers’ reaction when the uniformed Delta agent made the announcement in the terminal at 7:06 a.m. on July 2, his attorney Terrence James Cortelli said.

But as he started recording, a Delta employee approached him and then “smacked” the phone out of his hand, the suit alleges.

“She just came over and hit me,” the Suffern High School honor roll student told The Post Tuesday.

“My phone went flying,” Boggan said. “I was in shock.”


The Delta agent also yelled that it was “illegal” for him the film the scene, the suit says. In response, passengers started yelling, “This is child abuse,” added Matthew’s father, Brian Boggan, a physical education teacher, added.

The family eventually boarded the flight, but arrived in Florida so late that they missed most of the bar mitzvah they were scheduled to attend.

The Boggans filed their suit last year but Matthew said the recent incident when a Kentucky doctor was bloodied while being dragged off an over-booked United flight in Chicago to make room for airline employees brought back terrible memories.

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