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The blind man says that he is stranded in Paris after being removed from his flight home as the flight attendants accused him of being drunk.
Eric Smylie, 78, was traveling home to Belfast from France, with the guardian, Davey Pogue, and opted for a flight via EasyJet. Unfortunately, he and Pogue were removed from the flight and handed over to the French police.
“I’m blind, diabetic and I have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), so it will be left behind in Paris, on my own, it is a frightening experience. I will continue to re-experience the panic attacks,” by Eric Smylie told the <a data-cke-saved-href=”https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/belfast-news/blind-pensioner-left-alone-paris-17067497″ < a href=”https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/belfast-news/blind-pensioner-left-alone-paris-17067497″ target=”_blank”>BelfastLive</a>.
Pogue was taken into custody, while Smylie ended up in a Holiday Inn Express without the need of his medication, the New York Post reports.
“I’m blind, diabetic and I have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), so it will be left behind in Paris, on my own, it is a frightening experience. I will continue to re-experience the panic attack,” Smylie told the BelfastLive.
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“I’m still shaking all over, I’ve lost my appetite, and my confidence has gone and I am getting nervous and scared. My wife, Meta, who is very ill, didn’t know whether I was dead or alive. Neither one of us will have to get over it.”
A spokesman for EasyJet told Fox News, “We’re trying to get a better understanding of what will happen if the required safety reports, which are submitted at the same time, reporting that the passenger was disruptive and aggressive in the direction of our crew, and that is the reason why the police was called to intervene, and the passengers were not allowed to stay with them.
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The declaration will continue, “We are very sorry that this incident has caused distress to Mr. Smylie and Mr. Pogue, and will be explored in order to fully understand what has happened and to see if there are any lessons that can be learned from it. We have been in contact with the French police in order to gain an understanding of how the two men would have to be separated after they have been escorted from the plane.
“Unfortunately, we are not aware of the fact that the customers have to contact us to let us know of their situation, and, therefore, we were not able to help at the time,” the statement concluded. “The safety and well-being of our passengers and crew is our number one priority.”
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Smylie did have to admit BelfastLive that he and Pogue had drunk three pints of beer at the airport,” but did not deny that the man was drunk.