A photo of a man being led away from the cockpit of a JetBlue flight taken by an anonymous passenger was recently reposted to Reddit, and now the man has hired a lawyer.
The Reddit user identifies himself as a physician in Michigan who captured the incident on a cell phone camera while traveling with two fellow patients on an Atlantic City, N.J., flight from Fort Lauderdale to Boston in November.
“We are sending you this to help spread awareness and hopefully to encourage others to keep their medical documents at the ready,” writes a group of moderators on Reddit under the handle Curiousfire.
JetBlue issued a statement on the incident.
“It was reported to our safety office that a passenger reportedly jumped onto a flight deck ramp following takeoff from Fort Lauderdale International Airport. Our flight crew took immediate action to eject the passenger from the aircraft. We conducted a review and a thorough investigation, which revealed that the passenger did in fact jump from the ramp,” the airline said.
The man’s attorney, Joseph Conway, released a statement Wednesday saying his client jumped onto the ramp “simply in an attempt to inform the crew that a passenger had suddenly boarded the aircraft and was detained by the crew for safety reasons. He did not damage property and was never a threat to the aircraft or flight crew.”
Conway added that his client “will cooperate fully with law enforcement and medical officials” who will work to determine what happened.
Possible causes of high blood pressure include heartburn, acid reflux, and food allergies, according to the American Heart Association. In those cases, the AHA says flight attendants “may” ask passengers to cough into their elbow or wrists.
Other symptoms of a heart condition include pain at the edge of the throat, tightness at the base of the neck, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, sudden difficulty breathing, pale skin, lightheadedness and confusion. In a pinch, it says, patients may be asked to sign a “de-escalation agreement” that “clearly states that the situation is escalating and can be escalated further.”
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police responded to the plane and took the man into custody without injury to anyone on board, the agency said.