Photo of US Airways' Puppy in Flight program from the airline's Facebook page.By Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell | Pet360.com
A blind man and his service dog were kicked off of a US Airways flight from Philadelphia International Airport to Long Island Wednesday night.
The incident apparently started when Albert Rizzi was told that his service dog, Doxy, had to be secure under the seat in front of him.
After the plane waited for an hour to take off, the dog became restless and curled up under Rizzi's feet.
The airline contends that Rizzi became verbally abusive with flight attendants and when other passengers became involved, the captain came out and told the passengers they will be removed from the aircraft due to safety concerns.
The flight was eventually cancelled.
Accounts of what really happened vary from Rizzi and some of the passengers on board.
"This is a case of a passenger becoming disruptive," Andrew Christie, a spokesman for US Airways told Pet360. "The passenger refused to comply with instructions when crew asked them to."
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