Banker Kicked Off Plane For Refusing To Turn Off His Cell Phone


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We’re not sure if becoming the Alec Baldwin of the banking industry is a good thing or not, but this sure is embarrassing.A senior Macquarie managing director was kicked off a Sydney-bound Qantas plane for refusing to turn off his cell phone, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

No word yet on if he was playing ‘Words with Friends.’

Alan James, a managing director based in New York for Australian bank Macquarie, apparently didn’t turn off his phone when asked as his flight was taxiing for take off at New York’s JFK airport. No action was taken then, but James got a taste of his own medicine when he attempted to board his connecting Qantas flight from Los Angeles to Sydney—he was refused.

The incident happened two weeks ago on May 22, but was first reported today by the Sydney Morning Herald. Apparently, the FBI was also contacted about James’ disruptive behaviour, but no charges were filed. James was allowed to take another Qantas flight to Australia a day after getting kicked off his former flight.

James has had a pretty lengthy and illustrious career in banking. According to his LinkedIn, he was head of investment banking for Citigroup in Australia before he went to Macquarie in 2005, and before that was the head of investment banking Australia for Deutsche Bank.

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