Assorted jetBlue Woes Posted on FlyerTalk
The first half of June 2014 for jetBlue Airways reminds me of that week of mishaps suffered by El Al Israel Airlines Limited last month.
One look at the JetBlue | TrueBlue forum today revealed several discussions by FlyerTalk members actively talking about some unfortunate and strange incidents which occurred recently on flights operated by jetBlue Airways — and I am not even including at least a couple of unfortunate incidents from last month.
Here is a list of those discussions in no specific order where each paragraph is a separate incident:
An aircraft operating as jetBlue flight 211 from New York to Las Vegas was diverted to Detroit yesterday 90 minutes after departure due to an unruly passenger who reportedly yelled harsh words with family members before he got upset, stood up and banged on the seats of the aircraft. Fellow passengers restrained the man while members of the flight crew calmed him down; and he was then removed from the aircraft in Detroit without further incident.
As it began to back out of the gate at Logan International Airport for a flight to Kansas City on Monday, June 9, 2014 just after 7:00 in the morning, the left wing tip of a Boeing 737 aircraft operated by Southwest Airlines reportedly struck the right horizontal stabilizer of an airplane operated by jetBlue Airways. The wing of the aircraft operated by Southwest Airlines supposedly sustained some damage; while no damage was incurred upon the aircraft operated by JetBlue Airways. No injuries were reported; and there was no impact on operations at the international airport in Boston. The incident is currently under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States.
Later that same day, a girl three years of age was reportedly denied access to a lavatory aboard the airplane on which she was a passenger — resulting in a mess where the girl could not “hold it in” any longer. The flight attendant would not allow the girl to use the lavatory because the aircraft was on the tarmac when passengers must remain in their seats with their seat belts securely fastened. The mother of the girl filed a complaint and was offered a credit of $50.00 but with no apology. Who do you believe was at fault?
Also on June 9, a troop of girl scouts was reportedly stranded in New York for greater than ten hours with no apparently assistance from the staff at jetBlue Airways to help them to get to their final destination of Savannah, according to FlyerTalk member singhotdeal, who is one of the frustrated parents upset with the supposed “bad service they have received.”
FlyerTalk member ssterling was frustrated when an airplane operated by jetBlue Airways flight 1186 from Raleigh to New York — typically a duration of approximately one hour — became a flight whose duration was greater than four hours on Thursday, June 5, 2014 due largely to both a “ground hold” in New York and the aircraft being held in a holding pattern as it was attempting to land in New York; and there was supposedly no explanation from the pilots in the cockpit. One passenger was reportedly calmed by a flight attendant after suffering what was perceived to be a panic attack. Apparently, 20 percent of all flights operated by jetBlue Airways that evening were delayed — but ssterling claimed that there were no other delays at the airport in New York. What could have been the explanation?
Flight attendants witnessed an unidentified male passenger 34 years of age — who allegedly consumed two to three drinks during the flight from New York — reportedly attempt to pass pills to a child who was seated next to him on Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Police were called to investigate this incident; and the passenger — supposedly carrying Xanax and Ambien pills in a prescription bottle that did not have his name on the label — was arrested at Hobby Airport near Houston and was taken into custody after the aircraft landed. He could not prove that the drugs had been prescribed to him; and thus was charged with possession of a controlled substance.
Let us hope that the second half of June is much better for jetBlue Airways…