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Loud cell phone use leads to halted train and passenger’s arrest

By dcuff
Monday, May 16th, 2011 at 7:26 pm in Amtrak, trains.

All aboard! Amtrak chugged into the public arena of cell phone disputes Sunday when an Oakland-to-Portland train was halted temporarily so a passenger could be booted off and arrested after a dispute over her loud cell phone use.

You expect this kind of dispute on a more rushed way of getting around, but even Amtrak is not immune from friction over bad behavior. Or was the passenger out of line? Read stories online at and at in Portland.

According to press accounts, the woman was talking on her cell phone for about 16 hours, and some passengers complained she was too loud. Friction ensued. The woman allegedly threatened other passengers and refused to hang up, Salem police reported. 

Station KATU reported that Lakeysha Beard, 39, of Tigard, Ore., was riding in a designated Amtrak quiet car – in which cell phones are banned. 

Beard later told one reporter that she felt disrespected, and asserted there was no need to evict her from the train in Salem.

She was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct.

Some commenters on stories about the incident have questioned why Beard was removed near the end of the rail trip if she was such a nuisance for so long. Having ridden Amtrak, I’m guessing that Beard did something to anger the train conductor – as well as fellow passengers.   

Has another passenger talked on a phone too loudly while you were riding BART or Amtrak trains? Share you comments below.

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2 Responses to “Loud cell phone use leads to halted train and passenger’s arrest”

  1. Mike Says:

    If I had to listen to someone else yakking away on a phone for SIXTEEN hours, I would go nuts.

    People on mobile phones seem to completely forget that there are other people nearby.

  2. Mike Says:

    Also, on these longer-distance trains, seats are assigned so the people being disturbed can’t really just move to a different seat.

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