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New York, NY - JetBlue Fliers Sue over Screaming Pilot

Published on: June 13, 2012 10:23 AM
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FILE - JetBlue captain Clayton Osbon being tended to by emergency workers (AP Photo/Steve Douglas)FILE - JetBlue captain Clayton Osbon being tended to by emergency workers (AP Photo/Steve Douglas)

New York, NY - Ten passengers are suing JetBlue over a flight during which a pilot had to be physically restrained after screaming about religion and terrorism. They claim the airline was “grossly negligent” in allowing him to fly.

The New York lawsuit was filed Wednesday in state Supreme Court in Queens and an early copy of it was provided to The Associated Press.

The lawsuit contends the airline should have known that Clayton Osbon was unfit to fly.

An airline spokesman did not immediately comment.

Osbon faces federal charges of interfering with a flight crew over the disruption aboard a March 27 New York-to-Las Vegas flight. The plane made an emergency landing in Amarillo, Texas.

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Witnesses say Osborn ran screaming through the cabin until passengers wrestled him to the floor and subdued him.


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 Jun 13, 2012 at 11:31 AM Reb Yid Says:

How would the airline have known in advance?

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 Jun 13, 2012 at 12:01 PM Avi Says:

I hope Jet Blue counter-sues on the basis of harassment. How in the world do these passengers know that Jet Blue had any indication of the mental health of this pilot?

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 Jun 13, 2012 at 12:06 PM Yossi Says:

frivolous lawsuit....

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 Jun 13, 2012 at 12:24 PM Voice-of-Reason Says:

An unfortunate incident. I hope they lose.

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 Jun 13, 2012 at 12:52 PM BLONDI Says:

oy. then our airfare prices go up too....booooooo

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 Jun 13, 2012 at 01:34 PM Avreich1 Says:

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BLONDI Says:

oy. then our airfare prices go up too....booooooo

So use the intelligence HaShem gave you and find another carrier.

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 Jun 13, 2012 at 02:28 PM Abe-s Says:

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Avreich1 Says:

So use the intelligence HaShem gave you and find another carrier.

the name says everything about a person!!!!

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 Jun 13, 2012 at 02:28 PM Aviation Expert Says:

It is not a frivolous lawsuit; it Jet Blue did not know in advance of the mental condition of that meshuganah pilot, then it should have known. In the past, there have been other incidents of crazy pilots, with fatal results. For example, in the late 1990's, an Egypt Air pilot deliberately crashed his plane into the Atlantic Ocean (after it left JFK), killing over 200 passengers. He shouted "Allah Achbar", before the crash. One would have thought that after that incident, the airline companies on their own volition would have monitored the mental health of its pilots, in addition to their physical health. The passengers should prevail, pertaining to intentional infliction of mental trauma.

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 Jun 13, 2012 at 04:24 PM Anonymous Says:

Jet Blue will give them a coupon for a free flight, that's it.
However, seems the airlines don't do proper ONGOING psychological screening of ALL flight crew.

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 Jun 13, 2012 at 02:14 PM A Says:

Once upon a time you had to prove damages for a successful lawsuit. What are these passengers claiming, emotional trauma? They were scared and cried a little? Lawyers who urge their clients to bring such suits should be penalized. The suers should be made to pay not only the court costs but an extra penalty as well. If someone had actually been hurt because of this pilot he/she would have a legitimate case but what's happening here is ridiculous.

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 Jun 13, 2012 at 05:10 PM Leibel from London Says:

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A Says:

Once upon a time you had to prove damages for a successful lawsuit. What are these passengers claiming, emotional trauma? They were scared and cried a little? Lawyers who urge their clients to bring such suits should be penalized. The suers should be made to pay not only the court costs but an extra penalty as well. If someone had actually been hurt because of this pilot he/she would have a legitimate case but what's happening here is ridiculous.

"The suers should be made to pay not only the court costs but an extra penalty as well."

Those people are described as "vexatious litigants" in the courts in England and Wales. English courts have the means of escalating the sanctions against a litigant who makes applications to the court that are "totally without merit". Even though the legal system in Scotland is different (for reasons that are not relevant here), the law there is broadly similar.

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 Jun 13, 2012 at 08:44 PM JackC Says:

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Aviation Expert Says:

It is not a frivolous lawsuit; it Jet Blue did not know in advance of the mental condition of that meshuganah pilot, then it should have known. In the past, there have been other incidents of crazy pilots, with fatal results. For example, in the late 1990's, an Egypt Air pilot deliberately crashed his plane into the Atlantic Ocean (after it left JFK), killing over 200 passengers. He shouted "Allah Achbar", before the crash. One would have thought that after that incident, the airline companies on their own volition would have monitored the mental health of its pilots, in addition to their physical health. The passengers should prevail, pertaining to intentional infliction of mental trauma.

Again, how can one say they "should have known." People appearing normal are presumed normal. Pilots and other aviation employees (ground control) are not allowed to use certain medications or have certain medical conditions. With such high stakes to the employee of losing a good income people know how to lie and cover up. And what is the cost of testing mental health (or herpes) every month? And what happens if they are fine for the test and flip just after the test?

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 Jun 15, 2012 at 09:12 AM Mikael Says:

It's just a nervous breakdown. Millions of of normal travelers have to be checked in an humiliating way because of the stupid "no racial profiling" law: just check the arabs. Since the air carriers will be safer, so will be more normal the pilots (and the passengers as well).

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