52-year-old Frankie Thomson was escorted off of an EasyJet flight from Edinburgh, Scotland to London Gatwick Airport because of “safety” fears. Thomson is DeafBlind. According to Thomson, he was seated with his seatbelt fastened and the plane was ready to take off.
Thomson was confused as to why he was being taken off the flight. He tried his best not to be upset or angry at the situation. He later found out that the pilot would not fly the plane because Thomson was traveling “alone.”
EasyJet stated that Thomson was “unable to communicate with the crew about the safety procedures.” But Thomson has been flying unaccompanied for 35 years without issue. EasyJet offered him a free-of-charge transfer to another flight for the following day.
A spokesperson for EasyJet stated that the airline is sorry for the treatment of Mr. Thompson and that “the safety and wellbeing of their passengers and crew is always the organization’s highest priority, and they always do their best to ensure that all passengers can fly with them safely and comfortably.”