Be it India or any country in the west, it seems like the news all over the world involves an incident related to a major, top-notch airline in one way or another. Filled to the brim with incidents from all over the world, airlines are facing double-trouble from passengers who have gained the support of thousands.
A 33 year old passenger called Josh Dickinson who was boarding a flight in L.A. at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor airport, got pulled out of line and was told that he couldn’t board the flight. Dickinson said that he couldn’t believe it and when he was the reason, he was even more shocked.
He was told he couldn’t board the flight because of the swarm of bees that were accompanying him.
The airline’s spokesperson Brian White said, “We received several complaints from passengers who were in line with Mr. Dickinson, all of which involved the bees in one way or another. Some complained about the surprisingly loud droning noise, some were concerned about the possibility of getting stung, and a few customers who actually had been stung were demanding medical attention. For these reasons, we decided that it was best to keep Mr. Dickinson off the plane and give him a voucher for a free flight to anywhere in the continental U.S. Provided he leaves the bees at home, of course.”
Dickinson has decided that he will stay put. He felt discriminated because of the actions of the airline. He has already takes the steps to file a lawsuit against the airline.
“I can’t tell you how many times I flew on airlines like Spirit or Allegiant with my bees, and they never once treated me the way Southwest did,” He told reporters. “These bees aren’t just the regular, everyday kind of bees you see people walking around the park with. These are specially trained bees that help me cope with very real trauma, but that doesn’t seem to matter to Southwest.”
The Southwest Airlines is currently reviewing the policies it has on emotional support bees and is taking in consideration and determining the number of bees that might be acceptable in the future and which types are trained or even-tempered enough to be taken with on a flight and have a safe journey with the least amount of incidents.
Josh has already gained the support of tens of thousands of twitter users who are supporting him by using the trending hashtag #JoshiesBees.
Dickinson adds, “I just want them to do the right thing and realize that my emotional well-being is more important than whether or not some passengers have a ‘comfortable flight’ in which they ‘don’t get stung.’ That’s all. Is that really too much to ask?”
Well, it’s high time that the airlines begin to review and listen to the requests of the individuals.