UAL forces Google Glass wearing passenger to remove her specs

UAL forces Google Glass wearing passenger to remove her specs
If the name Cecilia Abadie sounds familiar to you, that is because she was the subject of a story we wrote last October. Back then, Abadie had received a ticket from her friendly neighborhood police for wearing Google Glass while driving. Abadie had caught the attention of the cops by driving at 85mph in a 65mph zone. The judge threw out both charges, saying that there was no proof that the wearable was in operation when she was pulled over. And apparently, the prosecution failed to provide expert testimony showing that the cop's speedometer had been certified.

Abadie recently got into another Glass related scrap when she was asked (politely, she admits) by a UAL flight attendant to remove her Google Glass while a passenger on a flight. The reason? UAL's policy against taking pictures or video while in a plane, except for "personal events".

To prove a point, Abadie took her connected specs off and snapped a picture using her smartphone, which she immediately showed the flight attendant. Interestingly, the flight attendant didn't ask Abadie to put her smartphone away, revealing that Google Glass still has a bad reputation among the non-connected public.

source: +CeciliaAbadie via CNET



25. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Its so funny and backwards, every where you go you are being recorded, hell where was this flight police when all the passengers was getting recorded/scan with all kinds of xray and metal detectors?

22. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Ugh, glassholes.

17. TechnicallyNo

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Plenty of spy spectacles and spy pens on the market before Google glass came out

13. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Wow, the hate against this woman is palpable. Why? Because she has the courage to challenge misconceptions about technology? You guys disgust me.

12. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

o stop it. u think everyone in the mall at the food court is all taking pictures while sitting there with their phone to their face? no. they are just on their phone. maybe taking a pic, maybe not. so far i have had no problem with glass. nobody has cared when its on my face. and now that i have worn it, i can safely say that the privacy concerns are ridiculous. they tried to ban the camera when it was first invented and all private establishments were banning cameras from entering..... that really worked.

14. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Cameras don't send all their photos to Google, the NSA, etc. And many countries, states, and local jurisdictions have strict laws regarding the use of cameras and taking secret pictures of other people.

19. Image20four7

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

That's not accurate. Nikon, Samsung, and Canon all have camera with the capability to wirelessly upload images to a online account. Do your homework.

11. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I was thinking about this more and I am really happy UAL showed their respect for human dignity and decency and made this Google agent remove her Google Glass. I am going to send them a thank you note. I would suggest to everyone who doesn't want to be recorded by Google agents while they are flying to do the same.

18. Image20four7

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Your accusation that Ms. Abadie is an agent of Google seems to like a stretch. Do you have any proof to support this? Your comments about fascism make you come off as the tin hat type. The reality is that you're going to be recorded in public. Whether its by an ATM, store security, the traffic surveillance, and now Glass. While you're writing your notes, why not write to your bank, your grocery store, or your local government and ask them to stop recording...good luck.

9. TechBlue

Posts: 81; Member since: May 06, 2010

thats true she is the kim kardishan of google glass. no talented disgrace

8. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Damn its like SAN FRANCISCO is so ANTI GLASS.

6. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Attention whore. She tests boundaries on purpose...

5. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

She is probably paid by Google to create public issues so Google can play the "we are just a bunch of harmless technology fans that are being discriminated against" card. Google will do anything they can to get more information, no matter how much they trample on human decency. In simple terms, Google has utterly no respect for people.

26. magnanimus

Posts: 566; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Such conspiracy theorist :O. You should start a Blog.

2. Sauce unregistered

Ok Ok, I see where both sides are coming from, in both scenarios.. But it seems like she wares these things expecting and knowing she'll run into a problem. She should do her research on places she goes regarding stuff like this, to prevent the problem, and to prevent bad publicity for Google Glass; regardless if she is justly correct. She seems like a trouble maker now.

21. TechBlue

Posts: 81; Member since: May 06, 2010

yup attention whore. thats like me wearing google glass to jury duty lol what do you think will happen. let me get in the Media lol

1. TechBlue

Posts: 81; Member since: May 06, 2010

hey Cecilia you logic is flawed! the diff is when you take a pic with your smart-phone we can physically see your actions but with google glass we have no idea when and what you are doing with it as its on your head in ready position. whats wrong with this woman?

10. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Actually, TechBlue, you have to say "Okay Glass, take a picture." So yes, it's perhaps even more obvious to anyone who's not deaf. Frickin' duh.

15. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Your information seems outdated. Apparently you can take pictures by just winking.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Whoa, haven't seen you in forever Sniggly!

20. TechBlue

Posts: 81; Member since: May 06, 2010

DUH!!! a wink can take a pic!

24. Mrmark

Posts: 430; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

Well that ends sniggly .

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