Blind man, dog and fellow passengers kicked off flight

2013-11-15 09:10

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Philadelphia - A blind man and his guide dog were escorted off a US Airways flight after the dog apparently became restless and started wandering down the aisle.

NBC News reports that Albert Rizzi and his guide dog, Doxy boarded a US Airlines flight at Philadelphia International Airport on Wednesday evening and that things started to go pear-shaped when the plane was delayed for more than an hour on the tarmac.

According to Rizzi, Doxy was obediently sitting by his feet, but started to get restless during the delay. The passenger next to him proceeded to offer up some of her space to make Doxy more comfortable.

However, the airline claims that Doxy started wandering down the aisle and that a flight attendant asked Rizzi to control his dog, after which he became verbally abusive.

At this point the plane had already started taxiing down the runway and, according to Business Insider, the captain made an announcement that the aircraft had to head back to the terminal.

Once there, Rizzi and Doxy were escorted off the flight. A number of other passengers objected to the removal and were also escorted off the flight.

The flight was then cancelled and the airline paid for the passengers to take a bus to their destination of Long Island, New York. 

In a similar incident, Comair recently came under fire when they refused a deaf and blind priest from the UK boarding onto one of their flights, as he didn't have a guide, despite him being a regular solo flyer.  The local carrier remedied their mistake by rebooking the passenger's flight 
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