Tweeter: JetBlue Booted Me Off Flight for Griping

Apparently, you'd better mumble about delays under your breath
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2014 12:40 PM CDT
Tweeter: JetBlue Booted Me Off Flight for Griping
Apparently, it's best not to make jokes about how stocked the bar aboard a JetBlue plane might be.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Apparently, airlines are watching what you tweet and are unamused by your antics: A woman says JetBlue gave her the boot from a flight out of Philly after she began tweeting about her delayed flight yesterday—which she says was further delayed by a passenger joke. "It had been a long night and (the passenger said) he hoped there was a fully stocked bar on the airplane," Lisa Carter-Knight tells WPVI. Har, har—except the pilot heard the comment. "The pilot ran out and said 'that's it, everybody out on by the gate. I've been accused of being intoxicated.'" An on-site sobriety test of the pilot ensued, further delaying the flight.

Carter-Knight did what many of us are wont to do when faced with mundane miseries: Gripe about it on social media. As a result, she says JetBlue yanked her ticket. "They were not comfortable with me being on the flight because I shared my experience tonight with friends and followers on a Twitter page," she says. She says JetBlue did eventually issue a refund. All the airline will say officially is, "It is not our practice to remove a customer for expressing criticism of their experience in any medium." Southwest also recently kicked a family off a flight over a dad's critical tweet. (More Twitter stories.)

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