JetBlue Pilot in Psychiatric Emergency Had a Panic Attack??


For the last few days I’ve been hearing the news about the JetBlue pilot that was agitated and went berserk screaming about a bomb on his plane and had to be taken down and restrained with seat belts.

This pilot was a highly respected “flights standards captain”, had decades of flying experience, recently passed a psychological exam, and was well liked by his peers. In fact people who know him well describe him as happy, fun, friendly and a “consummate professional.”

Today I read that investigators are investigating whether medications, or their side effects, might be an issue.

I keep hearing the word panic attack being thrown around rather loosely to describe what happened to him, and frankly, this ticks me off.

“Law enforcement sources have called the outburst a panic attack.” – ABC News

“JetBlue Pilot Clayton Osbon Had An In-Air Panic Attack: What Is It?”The Huffington Post

“Osbon’s panic attack on Flight 191 led authorities to divert the flight.” – Radar Online

“JetBlue Pilot Had a Panic Attack “- Good Morning America

What the hell??

This was not a simple panic attack! This was a psychiatric emergency or psychotic reaction. People having panic attacks don’t act like this. I think until more facts are revealed, the news media would be best not to slap a convenient label on this situation. It does nothing but to keep the public misinformed about panic attacks.

Panic attack is not a catch all phrase for any unexplainable weird behavior. To the people that report the news- please stick to reporting facts, not BS.

I wish you peace,
Jill G.

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2 Responses to JetBlue Pilot in Psychiatric Emergency Had a Panic Attack??

  1. Zoe says:

    I agree completely. All this does it put more of a stigma on panic attack sufferers!

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