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JetBlue pilot's meltdown is nothing new: More crazy plane behavior

What is it about airplanes that make some people take a trip to crazy town? First, it was the celebrity meltdown of Alec Baldwin refusing to turn off  "Words With Friends" before a cross-country trip. Now, we are witnessing those who work for airlines going AWOL at work.

 The most recent incident involved a Las Vegas-bound JetBlue flight from New York City forced to make an emergency landing after the captain exhibited erratic behavior. Captain Clayton Osbon left the cockpit and was subsequently locked out by his co-pilot. Witnesses heard him ranting about Israel and Iraq, and he was restrained by passengers and crew.

The captain has been suspended, after what CEO Dave Barger described a "medical situation"; that turned into a security issue. An off-duty pilot took over the captain's duties. The flight had 135 passengers aboard, many who were coincidentally attending a security conference.

That wasn't the first time a JetBlue crew member had acted oddly onboard. Flight attendant Steven Slater practically became a folk hero when he quit his job during the end of a flight from Pittsburgh to New York City. Miffed by a passenger's behavior, Slater got on the public address system to announce he was quitting his job, and then he deployed the evacuation slide, grabbed a beer off the beverage cart, and slid away.

And earlier this year, a flight attendant on an American Airlines flight taxiing from the gate on a trip from Dallas to Chicago scared passengers with a bizarre rant about the plane over the loudspeaker on the plane. She was subdued by crew members on the plane, which remained grounded and returned to the gate.

The attendant was removed from the flight and taken to the hospital for evaluation. A second flight attendant was treated for a wrist injury. The airline apologized to passengers and admitted, "an incident occurred involving some of the cabin crew," but added that no customers were in danger at any time.

There does seem to be some move to instill consequences for bad behavior, at least. New York City airports are threatening to fine passengers who cause delays (looking at you, Baldwin). And JetBlue CEO Barger said after the most recent incident, "We'll always take a look at procedures ... but I'm very confident about our procedures, the industry's procedures."


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