Disabled vet kicked off plane in Miami for his service dog - WFLA News Channel 8

Disabled vet kicked off plane in Miami for his service dog

Posted: Updated:
Kevin Crowell with Bella Kevin Crowell with Bella
JACKSONVILLE, FL (WFLA) - An airline didn't let an Army veteran on board a plane with his service dog in Miami, WAWS in Jacksonville reported.

Kevin Crowell served for over 20 years, saw countless hours of combat and now suffers from the post-traumatic stress disorder. He is a retired Sergeant First Class and has a service dog Bella who helps him cope. 

Bella has been with Crowell through banquets, parties, award ceremonies, even graduations. But last week, traveling from Miami to Key West with his family for a Wounded Warrior's project event, he was asked off an American Airlines flight, according to WAWS.

"The flight attendant told me she said the policy states no pets in bulkheading, and I said, 'Again, Bella's not a pet. She's a service dog. According to the law, she meets the requirements of a service dog," Crowell explained in an interview with WAWS.

But the airline representative had told him before Bella was ok in the bulkhead area. And the Americans With Disabilities Act guarantees that service animals can travel with their owners, according to WAWS. However, the American Airlines staffers took Crowell and his group off the flight.

The airline representative told Lisa Crowell, Kevin's wife, that she is looking into the case and will go over boarding practices with the staff in Miami.

"I didn't join the military in the 80s and retire in 2013 to be discriminated against, especially in the United States," the veteran told WAWS.


  • Don't Miss ItMore>>

  • Lesson learned: Severed snake heads can still bite

    Lesson learned: Severed snake heads can still bite

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:29 PM EDT2014-09-02 23:29:33 GMT
    Indochinese spitting cobra (Photo: Wikipedia)Indochinese spitting cobra (Photo: Wikipedia)
    It sounds like a wild fabrication: A spitting cobra, being prepared for a dish in a restaurant in southern China, bit and killed a chef 20 minutes after its head had been chopped off.
    It sounds like a wild fabrication: A spitting cobra, being prepared for a dish in a restaurant in southern China, bit and killed a chef 20 minutes after its head had been chopped off.
  • Beware of venomous puss caterpillars found in Florida

    Beware of venomous puss caterpillars found in Florida

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 6:00 PM EDT2014-09-02 22:00:52 GMT
    Puss caterpillar (Photo: University of Florida)Puss caterpillar (Photo: University of Florida)
    The may look fluffy and cute, but these caterpillars are anything but. Under all that fur on the puss caterpillar are venomous bristles that break off into the skin when touched by humans and cause serious pain.
    The may look fluffy and cute, but these caterpillars are anything but. Under all that fur on the puss caterpillar are venomous bristles that break off into the skin when touched by humans and cause serious pain.
  • Stacie talks to Ellen about season 12, debut on WFLA News Channel 8

    Stacie talks to Ellen about season 12, debut on WFLA News Channel 8

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 4:20 PM EDT2014-09-02 20:20:57 GMT
    WFLA anchor Stacie Schaible talks with Ellen about her upcoming season on WFLA News Channel 8WFLA anchor Stacie Schaible talks with Ellen about her upcoming season on WFLA News Channel 8
    An enthusiastic crowd had already gathered hours before The Ellen Show was scheduled to tape. When I arrived on the Warner's Brothers lot, I was greeted by one of Ellen's Producers. Though I hoped for a ride in Ellen's golf cart, we walked a few blocks to the set and my behind the scenes tour began.Ellen's studio is massive by Hollywood standards.
    An enthusiastic crowd had already gathered hours before The Ellen Show was scheduled to tape. When I arrived on the Warner's Brothers lot, I was greeted by one of Ellen's Producers. Though I hoped for a ride in Ellen's golf cart, we walked a few blocks to the set and my behind the scenes tour began.Ellen's studio is massive by Hollywood standards.
  • Most Viewed Stories on WFLA.com

  • Sign up for WFLA News Channel 8 Email Alerts

    * denotes required fields






    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.