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Caught on Camera: Man arrested for punching airline passenger, officer

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CHICAGO (CNN) -

A United Airlines passenger was arrested after authorities said he punched another passenger and hit an officer all because he refused to shut off his cell phone.

The incident in Chicago was caught on camera.

Police said Adam Kealing was getting off a flight bound for Ohio and refused to shut off his phone.

So, they said the captain returned to the gate.

Before the 31-year-old man from Austin got off, he threw a punch, according to police.

Eyewitnesses said he hit a man in front of him who said “really?”

The man who caught the incident on camera also captured Kealing’s scuffle with police.

"Everyone flies fairly frequently and most people have been on planes before,” said Doug Ehens, who was headed to Las Vegas. “The rules are clearly established. It's a no brainer."

Police said they arrested Kealing and he was charged with battery and resisting arrest.

"I don't want to turn my phone off either but if it's going to run more smoothly than I’m going to do it," said Lauren Jankovec, who was also headed to Las Vegas.

Tempers definitely get raised when you've been on a long flight and you want to get off as soon as possible and if someone starts messing with you,” said James Jankovec, another passenger. “I can see why it can happen, but it's still no excuse."

The officer who was hit was not seriously hurt.

No one on the plane was hurt either.

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