Woman says Twitter posts got her kicked off flight at Philadelphia International Airport

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The woman said she was kicked off the plane because of her tweets. (AP Photo / Seth Wenig)

A woman says her Twitter posts got her booted from a JetBlue flight at Philadelphia International Airport Tuesday night.

Lisa Carter-Knight says it all started with an apparent misunderstanding between the pilot after a joke by one of the passengers.

The remark was overheard by the pilot as the plane was being boarded.

"We had been waiting an hour, so there was a joke by another passenger - it had been a long night and he hoped there was a fully stocked bar on the airplane. The pilot ran out and said 'that's it, everybody out on by the gate. I've been accused of being intoxicated,'" she said.

The pilot told the more than 90 passengers he was now obligated by law to take a sobriety test. It came back negative, but delayed the flight more than three hours past its original departure time.

Knight, meanwhile, was Tweeting about the entire incident - but then wasn't allowed back on the flight.

"They were not comfortable with me being on the flight because I shared my experience tonight with friends and followers on a Twitter page," she said on Tuesday night.

Carter-Knight arrived at the airport early Wednesday morning to finally get a flight home to the Boston area, but on a different airline.

She added "I never accused the pilot of being drunk. I simply was communicating with family that was concerned that I was still on the ground in Philadelphia."

Overnight, JetBlue did refund her money. The airline said in a statement, "It is not our practice to remove a customer for expressing criticism of their experience in any medium. We will remove a customer if they are disruptive and the crew evaluates that there is a risk of escalation which could lead to an unsafe environment. The decision to remove a customer from a flight is not taken lightly."

JetBlue did not specifically say how, or if, Carter-Knight was being disruptive.


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