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Blind passenger removed from flight, left stranded in Paris without help


Added 10-15-19 12:18:06pm EST - “A 78-year-old blind and ailing Irishman said UK budget airline easyJet falsely accused him of being drunk and booted him off a flight in Paris, where he was separated from his aide and left without?” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Blind passenger removed from flight, left stranded in Paris without help”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A 78-year-old blind and ailing Irishman said UK budget airline easyJet falsely accused him of being drunk and booted him off a flight in Paris, where he was separated from his aide and left without medication, according to a report.

Eric Smylie, of Lisburn, had traveled with his carer Davey Pogue, 64, to the French capital to attend the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and were due to return to Belfast on Oct. 7, according to BelfastLive.

“I’m blind, diabetic and I have (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), so being left in Paris on my own has been a terrifying experience. I keep reliving the panic attacks,” he told the news site.

“I’m still shaking about it, I’ve lost my appetite, my confidence has gone and I feel nervous and afraid. My wife Meta, who’s very ill, didn’t know if I was dead or alive. Neither of us will get over this.”

Smylie said the flight attendants accused him and his partner of having consumed alcohol before they removed the pair from the plane and handed them over to French police, who separated the men.

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