There was another disturbing incident involving an airline crew member this morning.
According to the AP a TSA agent at Buffalo Niagara International spotted a male flight attendant for Delta Air Lines acting in a manner that the officer “deemed unfit for flight.” Delta was notified and made the decision to remove the flight attendant from the Atlanta-bound plane before passengers began boarding.
Flight Attendant Called ‘Unfit’ but No Security Issue
None of the authorities quoted in news reports are clear on what the flight attendant was doing or saying (if anything) to set off concern, but Delta said it was not a security issue.
The flight, scheduled to leave Buffalo at 6:15 a.m., did not take off for another three hours. Presumably, it took that long to get a substitute flight attendant in place.
JetBlue Pilot has Apparent Breakdown
This latest incident comes just a week and a day after a JetBlue pilot suffered some sort of breakdown in mid-air. After his co-pilot locked him out of the cockpit, passengers watching him beating on the door and ranting about Sept. 11. The pilot, now identified as 49-year-old Clayton Osbon, was subdued by passengers as the co-pilot diverted the Las Vegas-bound flight to Amarillo. So far, no explanation has been offered to explain the behavior of this pilot who was once described as a “consummate professional.” He has been charged with interfering with a flight crew.
American Airlines Flight Attendant ‘Screaming and Yelling’
The JetBlue incident was preceded by drama aboard an American Airlines plane as it taxied from the gate at Dallas-Ft. Worth International. In this incident, a female flight attendant began yelling and screaming about the plane crashing. She too was removed from the plane after being subdued by colleagues and passengers.
Flyers: Nothing to Worry About
Air travel analyst Rick Seaney points out that the media is focusing a lot of attention on a tiny number bizarre incidents – tiny in light of the thousands of flights that take off and land each day with no problem – and adds, “Flyers should not be worried about flight crews.” In fact, there are far more recorded instances of passengers behaving badly on flights than among the men and women who work aboard jetliners.