No, Not Traffic... Think Sinuses...
If you have a cold or a persistent
cough, you may want to reconsider your upcoming flight on
Continental Airlines. One day after a group of coughing passengers
onboard a Continental flight from Hong Kong resulted in the plane
being quarantined for several hours in
Newark, now comes word a 16-year-old student was
bumped from a Continental flight to Hawaii Tuesday due to a
KITV in Honolulu reports Rachel Collier was returning home from
a spring break trip to New York and Washington, DC when she awoke
from a nap and began coughing. The plane was still on the ground,
preparing to depart from New York.
"The police were called. The ambulance, the paramedics were
called. She had fallen asleep in her seat and woke up coughing and
a whole bunch of people standing around her, and was asked to leave
the plane," said Collier's mother, Stephanie.
"I was behind her she started coughing like I heard she couldn't
breathe and it felt like something was in the back of her throat,"
said classmate Ayya Tawfir.
"First of all we were worried about her health; that she'd be
okay," added classmate Justin Kim, reports KTLA-5 in Los Angeles.
"And we wanted her to come home with us because she was sick."
The student's teacher, Maile Kawamura, said a doctor onboard the
plane checked Rachel, and determined she was fine since she didn't
have a fever. But the plane's pilot ruled Collier get off the
aircraft... which meant the student and her teacher had to fend for
themselves for the night in New York, sans luggage (which was
already on the plane.)
"I'm frustrated. I'm really, really frustrated," Stephanie
Collier said. "Why they would do that, especially with two teachers
escorting 40 children across the United States, and for the pilot
to make that kind of decision."
Collier's mother said a representative with Continental told her
the matter would be dealt with internally. We're not sure if that
was a reassurance from the airline the matter would be dealt
with... or a suggestion for Rachel to stock up on Robitussin before
her next flight...