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JetBlue kicks passenger to curb for tweets about pilot’s sobriety test

Air travel and social media don't mix.


Miles Klee


Posted on Oct 8, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 10:56 am CDT

At this point, two things are utterly clear: The first is that nothing good can come of tweeting about an airline. The second is that people will never, ever stop tweeting about airlines.

Lisa Carter-Wright, like the dad kicked off a Southwest flight this summer for posting about a rude gate agent, had an air travel experience she wanted to share via social media: Her plane was momentarily grounded due to a bizarre spat about the pilot’s sobriety.

#JetBlue Major debacle on flight 760 in Philly- pilot accuses passengers of accusing him of being intoxicated demands all passengers back

— Lisa Carter-Knight (@drinkwaterevent) October 8, 2014

#JetBlue Flight 760 grounded due to pilot self inflicted accusations of drinking- passengers strande

— Lisa Carter-Knight (@drinkwaterevent) October 8, 2014

#philyjetblue760 Passengers falsely accused and ordered back to gate-pilot accuses passenger

— Lisa Carter-Knight (@drinkwaterevent) October 8, 2014

#wmur Philly Boston flight 760 grounded due to unruly pilot – false accusations by pilot that his sobriety was questioned by passengers

— Lisa Carter-Knight (@drinkwaterevent) October 8, 2014

Philyflight760. Still grounded as authorities board plane for pilot sobriety test

— Lisa Carter-Knight (@drinkwaterevent) October 8, 2014

JetBlue, you will be shocked to hear, did not much care for this line of publicity.

Jet Blue just denied me to board the aircraft due to my social media coverage of tonight’s events. The pilot and staff denied service to me.

— Lisa Carter-Knight (@drinkwaterevent) October 8, 2014

Jet Blue denied me access tonight to a flight home to my three children.Thanks for supporting single working mothers.#philyjetblue760

— Lisa Carter-Knight (@drinkwaterevent) October 8, 2014

@LaurenDawnFox29 I’m due to fly out this morning. Still no official response from Jet Blue as to why they denied me service on flight 760.

— Lisa Carter-Knight (@drinkwaterevent) October 8, 2014

Carter-Wright told local news affiliate WPVI-TV that the incident was sparked by a misunderstanding: “We had been waiting an hour, so there was a joke by another passenger, that it’d been a long night and he hoped there was a fully-stocked bar on the airplane,” she said. “And the pilot immediately ran out and said, ‘That’s it, everybody back up at the gate. I’ve been accused of being intoxicated.’” 

In an official statement, JetBlue backed the pilot’s version of events: The flight “experienced a delay prior to departure due to a customer’s accusation of a pilot being intoxicated. As a precautionary measure, a sobriety test was conducted. The test demonstrated the pilot was sober and as a result, he was cleared to perform his duties.”

We can only assume all this talk about booze was solely down to the fact that the plane was headed to Boston—most frequent fliers have moved on to Klonopin.  

H/T Philadelphia Magazine | Photo by Angelo DeSantis/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Oct 8, 2014, 2:15 pm CDT