Woman Claims She Was Booted From JetBlue Flight For Live-Tweeting Pilot’s Sobriety Test

UPDATE: Officials with JetBlue tell WCVB-TV in a statement that the woman was not removed from the plane because of her Tweeting.

“The decision to remove a customer from a flight is not taken lightly. If we feel a customer is not complying with safety instructions, exhibits objectionable behavior or causes conflict at the gate or on the aircraft, the customer will be asked to deplane or will be denied boarding especially if the crew feels the situation runs the risk of accelerating in the air,” JetBlue said in a statement. “In this instance, the customer received a refund and chose to fly on another carrier.”

By now we should all know that the things we Tweet can come back to haunt us. That appears to be the case for a New Hampshire woman who claims she was booted from a JetBlue flight for live-Tweeting the pilot’s sobriety test.

The incident, which plays out like a soap opera of sorts, began when a passenger reportedly accused the pilot of a JetBlue flight from Philadelphia International Airport to Boston of being drunk, KYW-TV reports.

As a precautionary measure the pilot was given a sobriety test, officials with JetBlue said in a statement.

While the test determined that the pilot was indeed sober and capable of doing his job, the situation didn’t end there.

Shortly after the test was completed a Boston woman claims she was forced from the plane by the pilot because she had live-Tweeted the evening’s events.

“Major debacle on flight 760 in Philly-pilot accuses passengers of accusing him of being intoxicated demands all passengers back,” she Tweeted.

“Flight 760 grounded due to irate pilot accusing passengers of questioning his sobriety,” she followed with photos of the plane parked at the gate.

It’s unclear how the pilot knew the woman was Tweeting about the events.

“I was just doing what I normal do with my kids, sharing information with my friends that I was frustrated that I was sitting there without a flight home and I miss my children,” she tells KYW.

The flight eventually took off about four hours after scheduled departure. However, the woman says she was denied service from JetBlue and had to have her mother pick her up from the airport at 1 a.m.

Officials with JetBlue say they plan to investigate the woman’s removal from the plane.

Passenger Claims Tweets Got Her Kicked Off Flight At Philly Airport [KYW-TV]



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