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Man with Tourettes Denied Plane Access

Updated: Monday, April 29 2013, 08:50 AM EDT
WASHINGTON -- A man with Tourette's syndrome says he was prevented from boarding a flight from Washington to San Juan, Puerto Rico, last Thursday after he said the word "bomb."

Michael Doyle has told several media outlets that he 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's when I get nervous and anything on my mind will come out," Doyle said.

Doyle said he was planning to attend a Revolutionary War reenactment in San Juan with a friend, but it was stopped when a pilot reportedly heard what he was saying minutes before the boarding process began.

A Jet Blue official sent out a statement that said Doyle "was deemed a safety concern by the pilot in command" after using the word "bomb," though the situation was later called "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.

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Web Producer: Kellie Hanna
Fox News contributed to the information in this story.
Picture courtesy of: NY Daily NewsMan with Tourettes Denied Plane Access


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