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Blind Easyjet Passenger Stranded in France

Blind Easyjet Passenger Stranded in France
Jennifer Billock

Two Easyjet passengers — one of which has serious health concerns — were recently removed from a fight in Paris after reports of them allegedly being drunk and hostile; after the men were removed from the plane, they ended up getting separated and at least one had a traumatic experience while in Paris.

A blind man and his caretaker were recently removed from an Easyjet flight from Paris to Belfast and turned over to the French police. According to reports at the time, the two men were drunk and hostile. Seventy-eight-year-old Eric Smylie, the blind passenger, says he and his caretaker had three beers but neither were drunk. After they were removed from the flight, the two men were separated, leaving Smylie stranded in Paris without his medication.

“I’m blind, diabetic and I have (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), so being left in Paris on my own has been a terrifying experience,” Smylie told BelfastLive, reported by Fox News. “I keep reliving the panic attacks. 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.”

Easyjet says they aren’t entirely sure what happened, but are looking into the incident.

“We are trying to better understand what happened as the mandatory safety reports which were filed at the time, report that the passengers were disruptive and aggressive towards our crew, which is why the police were called to intervene and the passengers were not permitted to travel,” an Easyjet spokesperson told Fox News. “We have contacted the French police to understand how the two men came to be separated after they were escorted from the aircraft. Unfortunately, we are not aware that the customers contacted us to let us know of their situation so we couldn’t offer any assistance at the time. The safety and wellbeing of our passengers and crew is our highest priority.”

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  1. mvoight

    October 22, 2019 at 10:36 am

    It is not the fault of Easyjet if they were separated, not it is the fault of Easyjet if passengers are so badly behaved they have to be removed from a plane. It is not like they were left stranded in a third world country without medical care. Easyjet did NOT strand a blind passenger alone in France.

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