Both the flight attendant and the pilot should be fired right away!

And U.S. Airlines should be sued big time, since these corps only understand profits.

And force them to draft policies and have their employees trained to understand the reason for the rules, reasonable accommodations should be the case to prevent petty tyrants such as the flight attendant and the pilot to have carte blanche to mistreat, and discriminate. 911 blankets everything with fear, and it only heightened the existing contradictions in our society, in particular, racial profiling, the attack on immigrants, and people of color in this country, the attack on the poor people: age, race, disability, skin color, underpants showing under your jeans, etc. The important thing about this whole thing: people actually are no longer just bystanders, and had the moral courage to speak up, and take a position against this behavior, so today, at least, I am juiced, because people do give a damn, and they won't stand for such injustices, and they are many more of us than the ignorant attendant, and her pilot! Shame on you, U.S. Airways, for not even apologizing, it is your employee, and it is your policy, I sure avoid you like the plague, and American Airlines, and United, and Delta, and Continental! You won't get a dollar from me, if I can help myself!

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Original post by Neetzan Zimmerman on Gawker

Flight Canceled After Passengers Protest Ejection of Blind Man

Flight Canceled After Passengers Protest Ejection of Blind Man

A US Airways Express flight from Philadelphia to Long Island was canceled yesterday evening after passengers staged a protest against the crew's ejection of a blind man over a dispute concerning his guide dog.

According to ABC Action News, Albert Rizzi was told to keep his dog under the seat in front of him for the duration of the flight, per airline regulations.

Rizzi says that, after the plane was delayed on the tarmac for over an hour, Doxy got restless, and "curled up under his legs."

US Airways claims Rizzi "became disruptive and refused to comply" when a flight attendant asked "to secure his service dog at his feet," which resulted in the plane returning to the gate and Rizzi being removed.

But passenger Frank Ohlhorst remembers it differently.

"When we, the passengers, realized what was going on, we were, like, 'Why is this happening? He's not a problem. What is going on?'" he told ABC 6. "And we all kind of raised our voices and said, 'This is a real problem.' The captain came out of the cockpit and he basically asked us all to leave the aircraft."

US Airways subsequently canceled the entire flight and offered to bus passengers from Philadelphia to Islip, New York — a 3.5 hour drive away.

Rizzi, who accepted the offer, said he was "humbled" by the reaction of passengers who elected to join him.

"They could have stayed on the plane, but they chose not to," he said.

[screengrab via WPVI]

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