JetBlue passenger kicked off flight for tweeting about delays

A woman was removed from JetBlue Airways flight for tweeting about a lengthy departure delay, The Associated Press reports

The passenger, New Hampshire resident Lisa Carter-Knight, was tweeting about her flight from Philadelphia to Boston being delayed because a passenger accused the pilot of being drunk, according to the report. 

"Major debacle on flight 760 in Philly- pilot accuses passengers of accusing him of being intoxicated," she tweeted, according to report from a Philadelphia TV station.  


The pilot submitted to a sobriety test and was cleared of being intoxicated. Carter-Knight was reportedly removed from the plane before it was cleared for take-off after a four-hour delay. 

JetBlue told Philadelphia TV station WMUR that “the decision to remove a customer from a flight is not taken lightly. 

“If we feel a customer is not complying with safety instructions, exhibits objectionable behavior or causes conflict at the gate or on the aircraft, the customer will be asked to deplane or will be denied boarding especially if the crew feels the situation runs the risk of accelerating in the air," the airline said in a statement. "In this instance, the customer received a refund and chose to fly on another carrier."

JetBlue said the pilot was tested for sobriety "as a precautionary measure,” according to the report. 

“The test demonstrated the pilot was sober and he was cleared to perform his duties,” the airline said.