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Blind man, dog removed from US Airways flight
upi ^ | Nov. 15, 2013

Posted on 11/16/2013 4:45:04 AM PST by JoeProBono

PHILADELPHIA, A US Airways flight in Philadelphia was canceled when passengers became outraged about a blind man and his seeing-eye dog being kicked off the plane.

Albert Rizzi said flight attendants removed him and his dog from the Wednesday flight from Philadelphia International Airport to Long Island MacArthur Airport in Islip, N.Y., because the dog became agitated during a delay on the tarmac, KYW-TV, Philadelphia, reported Friday.

"What I'm concerned about is that there are a tremendous number of individuals in the disabled community who might not have the stamina, the strength, the confidence to stand up for their rights and speak out against these types of ridiculous perceived rules," Rizzi said.

Passengers spoke out in support of Rizzi and his dog.

"Blind man and his dog just got kicked off @USAirways after we've been on the tarmac an hour, bc dog wiggled a bit. Whole plane outraged," one passenger tweeted.

A US Airways representative confirmed the incident.

"On Flight 4384 from Philadelphia to Islip, Long Island, a customer with a seeing-eye dog was asked to keep his dog near his feet when the dog was walking up and down the aisle," the representative said. "The protocol for service animals is to keep them at foot of the passenger, or under the seat, as they are considered extensions of the passenger. When a flight attendant asked the passenger to keep the dog where it needed to stay for safety reasons the passenger got verbally abusive. A decision was made to return to the gate to take the passenger and the dog off the plane. At that point, other customers were unhappy about the situation. The crew did not feel comfortable operating the plane so a decision was made to cancel the flight and US Airways bussed the passengers to Islip, N.Y."

The representative said an internal investigation is being carried out.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Pets/Animals; Travel
KEYWORDS: disabled; dog; philadelphia; seeingeyedog; usairways
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1 posted on 11/16/2013 4:45:04 AM PST by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

A golden lab — yes one of the most vicious K9’s out there...US Airways was right in removing what could of been death for all on board (Sarc/ early in the morning).

Wow - unbelievable...but in the state of union as it is now...not so....


2 posted on 11/16/2013 4:49:15 AM PST by BCW (Salva reipublicae)
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To: JoeProBono

Note...there were no complaints from passengers re: either the doggie OR the blind man.

But there were PLENTY of complaints about the flight crew.

Just sayin’


3 posted on 11/16/2013 4:50:09 AM PST by left that other site (.)
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To: JoeProBono

media trying to make it out to be a story against ppl with disability. Did they ban all blind man with dogs from their planes or just this case?


4 posted on 11/16/2013 4:51:30 AM PST by 4rcane
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To: JoeProBono; Biggirl

I have always hated US Aint. Hannity is getting the guy on his show soon.


5 posted on 11/16/2013 4:53:57 AM PST by Perdogg (Ted Cruz-Rand Paul 2016)
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To: left that other site

If you were not sitting near him on the plane, I am sure you do jot know the whole story. I fly more than 120 flights a year with US Airways, and I have never witnessed them show inappropriate behavior with people with disabilities.


6 posted on 11/16/2013 4:56:24 AM PST by mcjordansc
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To: JoeProBono

I heard this story on the radio the other day.

Cheers for the passengers on that flight.

Jeers to the flight crew.


7 posted on 11/16/2013 4:56:38 AM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Perdogg

Good thing this didn’t happen in Dallas or the dog might have been shot.


8 posted on 11/16/2013 4:57:58 AM PST by shadeaud (Be strong when you are weak. Be brave when you are scared. Be humble when you are victorious. But be)
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To: JoeProBono

Awww....

Poochy


9 posted on 11/16/2013 4:58:45 AM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: BCW
A golden lab — yes one of the most vicious K9’s out there...US Airways was right in removing what could of been death for all on board (Sarc/ early in the morning).

Remember when golden labs hijacked airliners and flew them into the Twin Towers?

10 posted on 11/16/2013 5:02:55 AM PST by Flick Lives (The U.S. is dead to me.)
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To: Perdogg
For a lot of years Useless Air had a monopoly on air travel to and from Pittsburgh. As soon as that monopoly disappeared, I started flying other carriers where possible.

When USAirways was a monopoly, it could treat passengers like third class citizens and get away with it because people had no other choice. But even after other carriers muscled in on USAirways’ territory, it still treated its passengers like dirt and does so to this day. Then the airline wonders why people are traveling with other airlines.

11 posted on 11/16/2013 5:04:04 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: JoeProBono

It is a safety hazard to have a loose animal on a plane, particularly blocking the aisles.

I would not be comfortable on an enclosed and locked plane with either an unruly dog or his verbally abusive owner. Disability has nothing to do with this.


12 posted on 11/16/2013 5:04:22 AM PST by Jedidah
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To: Flick Lives
My Labs name is Pook.

His Arabic Name is Al Pook Farouk.

I have my eye on that guy ☺

13 posted on 11/16/2013 5:06:36 AM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: JoeProBono

” the passenger got verbally abusive”
That significant fact was saved for later in the article. If it had been put in the headline, it would have saved me the trouble of reading the article.
“The dog got agitated” was not the reason why the passenger was removed. Lying through innuendo and omission is still lying.


14 posted on 11/16/2013 5:07:10 AM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: Jedidah

Not one single passenger complained of the dog.

I imagine they were all scritchin his ears and such.


15 posted on 11/16/2013 5:08:16 AM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: JoeProBono

“A decision was made.” Always look for the ubiquitous passive tense in these statements.


16 posted on 11/16/2013 5:10:06 AM PST by Mercat
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To: Jedidah

verbally abusive owner. Disability has nothing to do with this.

Verbally abusive could be relative, after all the guy and his dog are from NY. The definition of verbally abusive is entirely different in NY.


17 posted on 11/16/2013 5:12:28 AM PST by wita
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To: BCW
A golden lab — yes one of the most vicious K9’s out there...US Airways was right in removing what could of been death for all on board (Sarc/ early in the morning).

Yellow Lab. The crew and passengers were in extreme danger ... of being licked to death.
18 posted on 11/16/2013 5:14:00 AM PST by tanknetter
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To: Flick Lives

oh yes— your right - I forgot all about that day...and when everyone raced out and got chocolate labs instead of golden labs...because that was the new and cool thing to do....you know, it’s been 12 yrs since that incident...and when all the yellow ribbons (the ones symbolizing hate for the golden labs) have all been washed away by wind and rain...I tend to forget...yes, the airlines were right to profile that particular lab and get him off of there....(SARC/ - just in case someone reads this without reading the former)..

Thanks for reminding me...excuse me — my cult leader Obama just delivered a fresh batch of Kool Aid to my front door...


19 posted on 11/16/2013 5:14:58 AM PST by BCW (Salva reipublicae)
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To: BCW

I’m lost. How could the dog walk up and down the aisle if it was restrained by the owner?


20 posted on 11/16/2013 5:15:55 AM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: JoeProBono

Although it is reported that the man became “verbally abusive”, the behavior of the other passengers tells me different. Had they witnessed such behavior, they would not have all walked off the plane in solidarity—they would have been glad to see him go. In general, people are not supportive of rude behavior.


21 posted on 11/16/2013 5:18:06 AM PST by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: I want the USA back

You should hear from someone other than an airline spokesman before believing this. When they say an attendant asked him to control his dog, that says nothing about the tone of the “request,” or the actual words used. And “verbally abusive” can be code for “refused to accede to our demands.” Until we hear from other passengers who heard this conversation, I don’t trust the airline’s version.


22 posted on 11/16/2013 5:18:25 AM PST by Doug Loss
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To: AppyPappy

When a plane is on the tarmac for 1 hr...you tend to want to move...regardless of being trained or not...K9’s are going to be a bit apprehensive and may need to walk a bit - and since it was sitting on the tarmac (which I had the same experience waiting for fuel for 2.5 hrs in the dead of winter @ JFK) — who cares — it’s a lab - probably the MOST lovable K9 ever in existence! Per the owner getting irate - from Long Island - sure, that’s culture up there - plus - his dog wasn’t doing anything...I bet once the plane began to move and take off for the 30 minute flight north - he would have laid down...geez...

It’s okay for a a group of Arabs to get on a flight - yell scream - lock themselves int eh bathroom - and the flight takes off...no problem there....but a golden lab...welcome to Obamanation!


23 posted on 11/16/2013 5:22:40 AM PST by BCW (Salva reipublicae)
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To: AppyPappy

Here is what happened IMHO

The crappy airline delayed the flight and parked the plane on the tarmac for over an hour while telling all passengers to SHUT UP! TURN OFF YOUR IPHONE!

I imagine everyone was frustrated sitting on their hands.

Dogs don’t understand this bullcrap,the passengers barely understand this crap,and so the doggie got up and wandered around.
At that point I imagine that passengers were happy for a visit and a therapeutic pet.

The flight crew yells at the guy to get that dog under control.

The blind guy does his best, but it is an odd situation with lots of stimulus for the dog that is out of the ordinary.

They yell at the owner again.
He snips back

The Dog sniffs the flight attendants panties

CALL THE AUTHORITIES!!

GROUND THE FLIGHT!!


24 posted on 11/16/2013 5:28:17 AM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: JoeProBono
Having experienced a mechanical problem on an American Airlines flight they held us on the Tarmac for 4 hours and would not allow us to leave the plane. It was hard enough for us to sit in our seats and I can't imagine what it would be like for my lab to have to sit at my feet, in that cramped space, that whole time. Shame on them for removing this man and his dog. I hope they use this as a ‘learning experience’.
25 posted on 11/16/2013 5:34:36 AM PST by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: BCW
A golden lab — yes one of the most vicious K9’s out there...US Airways was right in removing what could of been death for all on board (Sarc/ early in the morning).

You know, I need to walk back my previous statement. Labs CAN be dangerous. If you get between them and food. It's almost as bad as finding yourself between Chuck Schumer and a TV camera. Almost.

However, this is irrelevant since it was a USAir flight and we know they didn't have any food on board.
26 posted on 11/16/2013 5:35:21 AM PST by tanknetter
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To: JoeProBono

Now, I wasn’t there obviously, but I have a hard time understanding how a blind man and a service dog could cause this kind of trouble.

I can see the man being upset about the delay but no more than anyone else on the plane. No one else uttered anything?

The dog? Call me all kinds of simple, but, I’ve never encountered an unruly service dog. Sure, they are still dogs after all, but a big part of their training as service animals is about their personality and actions. Unruly, unreliable dogs don’t make it out of service animal academy to my knowledge. One cannot trust in a unreliable animal for their safety and, thus, they don’t get used.

Their’s something else to this story.


27 posted on 11/16/2013 5:40:18 AM PST by FAA
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To: liberalh8ter

28 posted on 11/16/2013 5:40:37 AM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: tanknetter

LOL!!

It is true!


29 posted on 11/16/2013 5:41:26 AM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife
It's been a long time since mine looked like that. She's 10 now, is very large and has a terrible habit of stepping on your feet. Still, I've never had a smarter dog than she. She definitely anticipates your mood,
30 posted on 11/16/2013 5:43:38 AM PST by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: liberalh8ter

Mine is 9 now, and still a major doofus and lover LOL


31 posted on 11/16/2013 5:46:01 AM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: liberalh8ter

Those paws are HUgh and SeRies!


32 posted on 11/16/2013 5:47:32 AM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: JoeProBono
Put a hijab on the doggie next time...
33 posted on 11/16/2013 5:49:12 AM PST by Popman
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To: mylife

Yep! As she moves through the house you hear, ‘Ouch, Ahhh, Dang!’ LOL


34 posted on 11/16/2013 5:51:16 AM PST by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: liberalh8ter

Mine plays the paws game too.


35 posted on 11/16/2013 5:52:41 AM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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“The protocol for service animals is to keep them at foot of the passenger, or under the seat, as they are considered extensions of the passenger.”

Translation: The Dawg sniffed the flight attendants panties.
That pissed her off when she was in Hitler mode.

I understand her side of it, she is tasked with keeping discipline, but baby.. please!


36 posted on 11/16/2013 5:58:32 AM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Popman


37 posted on 11/16/2013 6:04:11 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: Jedidah

While sitting on the tarmac? You’ve got to be kidding.


38 posted on 11/16/2013 6:04:38 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (On the evening of 10/16/13, the ailing republican party breathed its last breath.)
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To: Jedidah

Oh wait, I might have been hasty. Did the dog have a picture of a miniture gun on his collar? Now that would violate the zero tolerance rules on firearms. Maybe he was wearing a “Don’t tread on me” bandana.


39 posted on 11/16/2013 6:07:20 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (On the evening of 10/16/13, the ailing republican party breathed its last breath.)
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To: mylife

That is terrifying!!


40 posted on 11/16/2013 6:08:53 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (On the evening of 10/16/13, the ailing republican party breathed its last breath.)
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To: Jedidah

“It is a safety hazard to have a loose animal on a plane, particularly blocking the aisles.

I would not be comfortable on an enclosed and locked plane with either an unruly dog or his verbally abusive owner. Disability has nothing to do with this.

Dittos. If the man refuses to control his dog then he can stay off the plane. If passengers don’t like it then they can walk.


41 posted on 11/16/2013 6:25:33 AM PST by CodeToad (When ignorance rules a person's decision they are resorting to superstition.)
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To: JoeProBono

Never, EVER fly U.S. Crapways!


42 posted on 11/16/2013 6:54:53 AM PST by matginzac
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To: JoeProBono

Sheesh. What tripe this story is. FAA regulations REQUIRE service animals stay out of the aisles for emergency egress. This was a commuter plane, so space is not only legally required, it is in the passengers’ best interest for safety. The crew couldn’t win - get a huge fine for a blocked aisle, or risk a fine for non-compliance with ADA rules. Freepers who pile on the crew ought to know better than to follow the bogus media heart-strings ploy.


43 posted on 11/16/2013 7:18:00 AM PST by Tzfat
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To: Jedidah

I was wondering how far down the list of posts I would have to go before I found one with some common sense and thought.


44 posted on 11/16/2013 7:25:47 AM PST by Glennb51
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To: JoeProBono

eff you US Air

run your stupid planes on time and you won’t pix people off


45 posted on 11/16/2013 7:29:18 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: CodeToad

thats exactly what happened


46 posted on 11/16/2013 7:33:59 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Tzfat

well guess what ? You are wrong. When the whole entire group of passengers decides they are out of there because the “flight attendant” cough cough is acting like a male version of Nurse Cratchitt, I say US Air is the problem


47 posted on 11/16/2013 7:36:07 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: mylife
Cheers for the passengers on that flight.

Agree. Good to see complete strangers standing up and speaking out against injustice against a handicapped passenger.

We need more people speaking up against injustice in this country. Especially the injustice being meeted out by this out of control Government of ours.

Hopefully this is but a small first step.

48 posted on 11/16/2013 7:41:27 AM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: usconservative

TSA can kiss my royal Irish arse.

As an American I say we the people take the reigns


49 posted on 11/16/2013 7:59:54 AM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: CodeToad

Most dogs are better citizens than Humans.

My Dog is quiet as a mouse when things should be quiet as a mouse.

Fact is US airways #$%*ed up and they tried to pin their #$%* up on a passenger.

The entire roster of passengers backed this man and his dog.
Am I to believe that this was some abusive jerk with a pit bull menacing the plane?


50 posted on 11/16/2013 8:12:16 AM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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