A blind woman claims she and her guide dog were asked to leave an American Airlines plane after an employee called her "a danger to the flight."
According to the Portland Press-Herald and WLBZ, Sue Martin, 61, of Franklin, Maine, was traveling to San Diego earlier this month when she tried to take a connecting flight with her husband and service dog from Washington, D.C., to Dallas.
After requesting a different seat, Sue Martin, who is blind, and her service dog were kicked off of an American https://t.co/ppgrmOzstc pic.twitter.com/kPJLvJra26— 9NEWS Denver (@9NEWS) March 15, 2017
Martin told the Press-Herald that the trouble began when she realized there was no room for her dog, a German shepherd named Quan, near her seat. She then asked a flight attendant and ticketing agent about switching seats or upgrading to first-class but was denied, the Press-Herald reported.
Martin thought the problem had been solved when a first-class passenger gave her his seat, but then an employee asked her to leave, she said.
"The man said, 'You have to leave the plane,'" Martin told WLBZ. "I asked him why and he said the crew had decided I was a danger to the flight. I've never had anything happen like this before."
American Airlines said it is "thoroughly investigating these allegations" and takes "all disability complaints very seriously," WLBZ reported.
New video released by a Southern California airport shows the moment that actor Harrison Ford flew his private plane over a jetliner and mistakenly landed on a taxiway.
The incident occurred about noon Feb. 13 at John Wayne Airport near Orange County.
New footage shows Harrison Ford's recent near miss, flying over an airliner to land on a taxiway instead of a runway https://t.co/2CUiJLbMMs— Sky News (@SkyNews) February 22, 2017
Ford, 74, was supposed to land his Aviat Husky on the runway, but landed on the taxiway instead, E! News reported. He flew over an American Airlines Boeing 737 with 110 passengers and a six-person crew on board. The Dallas-bound aircraft was still able to take off minutes after the incident.
According to People, Ford asked air-traffic control, "Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?"
Ford was not injured.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident. If Ford is found at fault, he could lose his pilot's license.
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