Noisy woman removed from train

A young woman who insisted on noisily chatting on her cell phone throughout a marathon 15-hour train ride was forcibly removed by police following numerous passenger complaints.

The woman was travelling on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight, which runs between Los Angeles and Seattle, Washington, and was speaking loudly enough to annoy surrounding passengers, said Amtrak spokesman Vernay Graham.

“I guess she got into some sort of confrontation with others passengers that were sitting around her,” said Graham, adding that the train had almost reached its destination when the conductor decided to call local police after the train pulled into the station at Salem, Oregon.

“We consider them unruly passengers when we’ve asked them to stop doing some kind of behaviour and they continue on. Then it’s up to the discretion of the service crew, in this case the conductor, to decide that they would be removed,” said Graham.

Amtrak, the national rail operator, is not following up with any charges, he added.