August 16, 2006

Maybe it's just me...

Disturbance diverts London-D.C. flight

BOSTON - Fighter jets escorted a London-to-Washington, D.C., flight to Boston's Logan airport Wednesday after the pilot declared an emergency because an apparently claustrophobic passenger caused a disturbance, a federal official said. [...]

The female passenger aboard United Flight 923 said she was claustrophobic and became very upset and got into some kind of confrontation with the flight crew, said George Naccara, federal security director for the Transportation Security Administration for Massachusetts' airport. [...]

--but just in case you think you might be prone to claustrophobia or acrophobia or aerophobia or herpaerophobia or overheadbinophobia or ANYTHING ELSE THAT MIGHT CAUSE YOU TO LOSE IT, I happen to think it would probably be awfully considerate of you to consider alternative transportation. I know I would be very angry with you if your sudden mental break caused me and my fellow passengers to be blown out of the sky by a fighter jet just because you got all William Shatner "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" on us.

I'm just saying...

Posted by Terry Oglesby at August 16, 2006 10:49 AM