Arianna Huffington in Airplane Blackberry Flap

Arianna Huffington, author and columnist who runs the popular online site the Huffington Post, was met by Port Authority Police officials at New York's La Guardia after ignoring crew orders to turn off her Blackberry on a United Express flight from Washington's Dulles.

After Huffington's defiance, another passenger confronted her, leading to both of them being questioned by police after the flight landed. Both were released without being charged, reports the New York Post.

The other passenger was identified as Ellis Belodoff, 53, of Plainview, N.Y. Belodoff got up from his seat in protest of her continued chatting and texting, sources tell the Post, and ignored warnings to stay in his seat as he leaped up to complain.

"Hey, lady! Don't you speak English?" the man allegedly heckled Huffington.

Jen Friedberg, spokeswoman for the Port Authority Police, tells, "She was asked to turn her phone off by flight attendants and she did. The guy felt she didn't turn off her phone in timely manner."

Friedberg says when the on-board altercation continued, the flight crew contacted Port Authority Police in New York and they sent officers to meet the plane.

"The crew did alert our police when it looked like there was a fight brewing, but by the time they landed our police just spoke to them," she says. "She didn't get escorted off the plane by police. She was in the first row, she would've gotten off the plane first."

As for repercussions, "They both had a talking-to," says Friedberg.

Mario Ruiz, Huffington's spokesman, says "There was a passenger who seemed upset. Arianna thought he didn't like the snacks. Guess not. Maybe he was an iPhone fan. As you know, the battle between iPhone lovers and BlackBerry users can get pretty heated."

In another recent case of a famous person using their Blackberry when told not to, actor Josh Duhamel was escorted off a US Airways Express plane in December for texting.

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