Published On: Tue, Apr 30th, 2013

Michael Doyle, man with tourette syndrome, not allowed on Jet Blue flight, couldn’t stop saying ‘bomb’

A man with Tourette syndrome says he was not allowed to board a Jet Blue flight at Reagan National Airport because he said the word bomb close to 100 times.

“I was telling myself in my head before don’t say bomb. When you try to suppress Tourette’s, it comes out even worse,” said Michael Doyle.

man tourette syndrome bomb airplaneDoyle, age 19, said he arrived at Washington, D.C.’s Reagan National Airport last week, with medical documentation describing his condition, on his way to a 18th century battle reenactment in Puerto Rico, which they had planned for two years.

“I probably said bomb about 100 times in that terminal, and through TSA,” Doyle said.

“With all the stuff in the news about the Boston bombings and stuff…I started ticking ‘bomb,” Doyle said. “Because when I get nervous and anything on my mind will come out. And things you’re not supposed to say.”

“I mean they stood me up in front of everyone and told me I’m like in kindergarten that I’m not allowed to go on the plane,” he said.

The pilot is reportedly the one who heard Doyle’s outbursts and prevented the man from boarding. His friend, Chad Petteway, stayed behind with him as the airline attempted to resolve the situation.

JetBlue said, “After further investigation, the situation was deemed innocuous” and offered Doyle a round trip ticket, but there is no guarantee he will be able to board another flight.


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