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Frequent Fight downgrade

Aldo and McGregor

Pugilists Aldo and McGregor demonstrate JetBlue’s new in flight entertainment system.

Dahlings, a recent JetBlue airline was turned around 25 minutes into the flight. The reason was a fight between two passengers.

Oh what’s so special about that Cleo as it seems to happen pretty regular these days?

Well they were a bunch of Irish men.

So, isn’t that a bit stereotypical?

I should mention that they were on their way to Vegas.

Hmm. But they were on their way TO Vegas not coming from it.

..Yes that’s correct. They were part of a big crowd traveling to support fellow Irishman Conor McGregor in the upcoming MMA match against Jose Aldo this coming Saturday.

Ah makes a bit of sense now.

But wait there is more. I almost forgot about an Irish prior passenger being kicked off for interrupting the safety announcements by singing which then delayed the flight quite a bit since the result was they missed the take off slot.

This is a beautiful story so I’ll let passenger Damien Coyne tell it.

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Speaking to MailOnline about the fight on board, Mr Coyne said he was ’embarrassed and angry’ over the incident that saw the plane return to New York. He also spoke of how the flight was already delayed out of The Big Apple when one man was removed because he kept interrupting the safety briefing.

‘I’m sitting in between a group of Americans on the flight and I heard them stereotyping the Irish when all of the drunken Irish lads got on.

‘I was angry listening to them talking about us in that way, then these two separate incidents happened and it’s these types of situations which do us no favours around the world.’

Mr Coyne, who lives in Kildare in Ireland, shared details of the incidents on Facebook. ‘These other two Irish lads start kicking off at each other,’ he wrote.

‘Got very heated and one guy despite everyone on the plane shouting at him to sit down, struck out and threw a few slaps at the other lad. ‘Flight crew go mad, separate the two fellas and now we are on our way back to JFK again.’

Mr Coyne alleges that the two men were ‘drunk’ and says that they ruined it for ‘themselves and for everybody else.

‘Moral of the story here lads, drink by all means and have a good time. But know the one that’s too many, and look out for each other.’

Yes Damien. There’s always one who ruins it for everyone else. Or maybe two. Wait make that three just like a clover leaf.

Sláinte.

Ciao for now,
Cleo.

Twittering class upgrade: How to go from frequent flier to boarding denial

Lisa Carter-Knight Twitters that led to her being upgraded to 'no board for you'

Lisa Carter-Knight Tweets that led to gave JetBlue denial of boarding

Dahlings, What is going on with all these airlines kicking off passengers after their unfavorable twitterings?

First it was Southwest, now it is JetBlue who kicked off a passenger, Lisa Carter-Knight for commenting about the delay after the pilot subjected himself to a sobriety test after another passenger had made a wise crack about him being at the bar. All passengers had to deplane and Ms. Carter-Knight was denied boarding.

From Bloomberg:

The takeoff was pushed back again when a passenger commented while boarding that the pilot may have been drinking, Johnston said. Per airline policy, that remark forced the pilot to take a sobriety test, which he passed, Johnston said.

Boston TV WCVB has different details where it appears Ms Carter-Knight had nothing to do with the original passenger comment that and was only commenting on the comment.

 “I wasn’t the individual who made the accusation. I was a passenger who overheard an individual make an off-color remark in which the pilot took offense to and went through some guidelines,” Carter-Knight said. “I was tweeting about an experience like we all do. You’re in a bad restaurant, you’re on a long flight you tweet to your friends and your family.”

JetBlue said that was not why they declined to allow her back on the plane.

“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,” JetBlue said in a statement. “In this instance, the customer received a refund and chose to fly on another carrier.”

Back to Bloomberg again where it appears the twittee is a ‘person non grata’ as far as JetBlue is concerned.

“..Carter-Knight said she tried to book a later JetBlue flight and was told she would be refused service.”

As usual, the current commentators who are now commenting on the commentator who was commentating on another  commentator are mixed in their condemnation [Try saying that fast !]. Some blame the Tweeters. Some blame JetBlue.

However, this story had given me an idea to my tactical arsenal on how to get a row all to myself -see “Kicking someone when they are down“. I will simply whisper to the FA that my fellow passenger (s) next to me made a ‘joke’ about the pilot appearing to be unsteady. Being a concerned citizen, I know that jokes about security are not funny and therefore it is my duty to inform you…

Ciao for now, Cleo.