Published April 27, 2013
A man with Tourette's syndrome says he was prevented from boarding a flight from Washington to San Juan, Puerto Rico, Thursday after he said the word "bomb."
MyFoxDC.com reports that Michael Doyle was reportedly denied access to the JetBlue flight because of the outburst, despite having alerted airline and TSA officials about his condition.
"With all the stuff in the news about the Boston bombings and stuff, I started ticking 'bomb.' Because that when I get nervous and anything on my mind will come out," Doyle told the station.
Doyle said he was planning to attend a Revolutionary War reenactment in San Juan with a friend. His trip was thwarted when a pilot reportedly heard what he was saying minutes before the boarding process began.
In a statement to MyFoxDC.com, a Jet Blue official said Doyle "was deemed a safety concern by the pilot in command" after using the word "bomb," though the situation was later deemed "innocuous."
Doyle told the station he was offered a free round-trip ticket on a future JetBlue flight but no guarantee that he wouldn't be denied access in the future.
"It doesn't make up for the embarrassment or the fact that we missed something that we'd been planning for two years," Doyle said.