US Airways Passengers Won’t Fly After Blind Man, Dog Kicked Off Flight

by Karl Utermohlen | November 15, 2013 1:44 pm

U.S. Airways (LCC[1]) passengers refused to fly on Wednesday after the airline kicked a blind man and his dog off the flight.

ABC News reports that flight attendants[2] found the dog disruptive and said that Albert Rizzi couldn’t control it so they had to kick both off the flight. The 35 or so passengers aboard the Philadelphia-Long Island flight were outraged by the attendants’ decision and they refused to fly.

49-year-old Rizzi — who has been legally blind for eight years — wasn’t sure how he’d get to his final destination but the rest of the passengers stood with him at the terminal in support. They all took a four-hour bus ride together to Long Island where they arrived five hours after the flight would’ve landed.

Rizzi said that he has to have his dog with him in order to get from one place to another and he hopes that this incident educates U.S. Airways on how they can support blind passengers.

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