Flight attendant loses it on the runway.

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Flight attendant loses it on the runway.
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Wed, 03-14-2012 - 4:30pm

What a crazy story here. A flight attendant boarded her plane, making remarks that she forgot to take her meds that morning. Here's the story and 911 calls from people on the plane...

http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/13/travel/flight-attendant-meltdown/index.html?hpt=tr_c2

And video from the plane...

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2012/03/09/tsr-oleary-attendant-outburst.cnn

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Thu, 03-15-2012 - 2:08am

The woman has bipolar disorder. I have several friends and family members who have to cope with bipolar. It is way not something funny or to redicule as I have heard many do about this woman. I hope she never forgets her medicine again. It was a sad, scary and unfortunate thing to happen to the woman, to the passengers and to all who were involved.

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Thu, 03-15-2012 - 10:47am

While I can understand the fear this caused in the passengers, I really feel for the attendant --- she sounds like she really did "crash" without her meds, and that is a bad place for bipolars to be.

What really bugged me is the big deal CNN was making about it, using terms like demonic, etc. But then, thats Wolf Blitzer...



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Thu, 03-15-2012 - 11:20am
I'll be interested to see what comes of it. I really hope they don't file charges against her since it wasn't done on purpose. But at the same time I really wonder if she should be allowed back into that job where she's supposed to be keeping passengers calm and safe. What do you think? What if it had been a pilot??
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Thu, 03-15-2012 - 1:38pm

They would not be a certified pilot with that mental status diagnosis.

Yes, it will be interesting to see how they handle this incident with the flight attendant. If you see any information on it, please let us know and I'll keep an eye out for it also..thanks.


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Thu, 03-15-2012 - 1:53pm
Great info, thanks! {Breathes a sigh of relief.} I wonder if this will bring about changes to policy for flight attendants too. I don't think that the guy from Jet Blue (who exited the airplane via slide last year) had any known mental issues, so I guess people can do seemingly crazy things regardless.

Maybe they should have a small pharmacy at the airport for instances like this. At the very least, I think she should have been carrying extra medicine in case she did forget it. Obviously it's very important to her mental stability.
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Thu, 03-15-2012 - 2:02pm
thatyank wrote:

While I can understand the fear this caused in the passengers, I really feel for the attendant --- she sounds like she really did "crash" without her meds, and that is a bad place for bipolars to be.

What really bugged me is the big deal CNN was making about it, using terms like demonic, etc. But then, thats Wolf Blitzer...

I wonder how fearful the passengers where with so much laughter going on? I expect more annoyed at the delay than anything else and when some started laughing and I expect making disrespectful comments, the laughter spread.

The reporting by CNN was extremely irresponsible!! It's this kind of reaction that keeps the stigma of mental disorders going! I'm so sick of news reporters on all the cable news stations who promote bad behavior!

Here is something I found, don't know the blogger, but this is good and there's a letter in it from another flight attendant....

http://tinyurl.com/85clbl4

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Thu, 03-15-2012 - 5:38pm
cmkellie wrote:
Great info, thanks! {Breathes a sigh of relief.} I wonder if this will bring about changes to policy for flight attendants too. I don't think that the guy from Jet Blue (who exited the airplane via slide last year) had any known mental issues, so I guess people can do seemingly crazy things regardless.
I don't know if it will bring about policy changes and I'm not sure that it should. Any number of medical problems can occur at any time in any occupation, but when it's something "verbal", it brings about a different kind of attention. If the pilot has a heart attack or gall bladder attack or apendicitis, he won't be able to fly the plane and if it happens to the flight attendant, they won't be able to take care of the people. I don't know, I just feel badly for the flight attendant in this case. It's hard enough to live with a mental disorder and hiding it because of the stigma and this incident must be making her feel so much worse, devestating.

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Wed, 03-28-2012 - 10:26am

This is kind of a bizarre coincidence. Something similar happened, but it was a pilot this time...

http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/03/27/jetblue-flight-diverted-after-captain-becomes-incoherent/

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Wed, 03-28-2012 - 11:16am

Must be something in the water!



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Wed, 03-28-2012 - 1:20pm

Wow!!! That's even more scary than the flight attendant!!! Thank goodness there were experienced people there who could take over!!

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