PHILADELPHIA (CNN/WPVI) — A woman says her tweets got her booted from a jetBlue flight at Philadelphia International Airport. Lisa Carter-Knight, says she tweeted about an incident that started with an apparent joke from a fellow passenger and ended with all of the passengers being removed from the plane. Knight says she shared it with her followers and that jetBlue didn’t like it.
“They were not comfortable with me being on the flight because I had shared my experience tonight with friends and followers on a Twitter page,” said Knight. “There was a joke by another passenger: ‘Been a long night. Hope there’s a fully stocked bar on the airplane.’ And the pilot immediately ran out and said, ‘That’s it. Everybody immediately back at the gate. I’ve been accused of being intoxicated.’”
The pilot told the passengers he was now obligated to take a sobriety test. It came back negative, but it delayed the flight more than three hours.
Knight says she never accused the pilot of being drunk. The airline says it’s not their practice to remove customers for expressing criticism.
Nonetheless, jetBlue refunded Knight’s money, and she was able to get another flight back home to Boston on a different airline.