NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A legally blind man from Long Island said he is considering a lawsuit against U.S. Airways after he claims he was kicked off a flight because of his guide dog.
Albert Rizzi was on a U.S. Airways Express flight from Philadelphia to Long Island’s MacArthur Airport Wednesday night when he said a flight attendant demanded his guide dog named Doxy be placed under the seat.
Rizzi said he was sitting in the back row of the plane with no storage room under his seat. After a delay on the tarmac, Rizzi said Doxy had gotten restless and was curled up beneath his legs. He said the flight attendant kept saying they couldn’t take off until the dog was “stowed under the seat.”
“I took offense to that. My dog is not to be stowed, he’s not an inanimate object,” he told 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera. “This woman just did not want to understand that sitting on a plane for an hour and a half for any human is uncomfortable. The dog was just antsy and wanted to get comfortable.”