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Maryland Man with Tourette Syndrome Kicked off Plane

by AP posted Apr 29 2013 6:38PM
 ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - A Maryland man with Tourette syndrome was barred from a JetBlue flight after repeatedly saying "bomb" during check-in.
     Nineteen-year-old Michael Doyle of Rockville had been scheduled to fly Thursday from Reagan National Airport outside Washington to San Juan, Puerto Rico.
     He told WTTG-TV ( that he brought paperwork documenting his illness in case he said anything to prompt a security concern. Tourette syndrome is a neurological disorder that can cause uncontrolled speech.
     He estimated he said "bomb" as many as 100 times. He said as he became more nervous, the problem worsened.
     The Transportation Security Administration let him board, but a JetBlue pilot kicked him off the plane before departure. The airline issued a statement saying the pilot initially had a security concern but later determined the situation was "innocuous."
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04/29/2013 6:38PM
Maryland Man with Tourette Syndrome Kicked off Plane
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