Man with Tourettes Kicked Off of Plane

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Man with Tourettes Kicked Off of Plane
Tue, 04-30-2013 - 11:44am

I saw this story on the news yesterday.  I feel sad for him that he missed this trip with his friends, one they had been planning for awhile.   The Boston Marathon bombing was in the news, so he was already worried about saying the word "bomb".  This stressed him out even more and caused him to repeatedlyy say "bomb".  Even after getting through security with documentation of his disorder, the pilot kicked him off the plane.   JetBlue did offer him a free round trip, but with no guarentees that he'll be able to fly.  From what I gathered, he's unsure if he'll ever try to fly again :(

While I can understand the pilot's concern, I think if they would have just let him on the plane and relax he would have de-stressed enough so it wouldn't be an issue.    I also think the other passengers would have understood if they knew the whole story, what do you think?

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Registered: 01-24-2012
Tue, 04-30-2013 - 11:50am

That's what I was thinking too- they didn't even give him a chance to board and see how things would go- they cut him off during the check in process. I noticed one commenter had the suggestion of them making a small announcement to explain the situation in order to calm any fears from the other passengers - I thought that was a fantastic idea!

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Registered: 07-25-2012
Tue, 04-30-2013 - 11:52am

Wouldn't the "small announcement" totally embarass the guy and stress him out more?

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Registered: 09-23-2010
Tue, 04-30-2013 - 12:02pm

I think it becomes a bigger issue, even with documentation, about everyone's safety. Yes, medically, I'm sure they were aware that he was saying it because of Tourette's, but when you have someone repeatedly saying "bomb" it starts to cause a panic in others. With a special needs kid, and being around special needs kids/people, I get uneasy about some things that get done/said, even knowing full well that 98% of it can't be helped. Now put people already on edge, in a confined space, up in the air... I think the pilot made a good choice.

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Registered: 04-18-2012
Tue, 04-30-2013 - 12:44pm

Hmmm.  I'm really on the fence with this one.  One one hand I think that he should not have been kicked off the plane. I'm guessing he was nervous about flying and obviously saying "bomb" repeatedly was out of his control.  However, given recent events in our country, I don't know that any amount of explaining would be able to calm an entire plane full of people.  I think it was a tough situation for all involved and I certainly don't blame the airline for making the decision that they did.