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Passengers on a US Airways flight recently rallied around a blind man and his service dog, who were kicked off the plane, and got the same treatment for their trouble.

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Kit B (276)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 8:45 am

22,952 people support this campaign. Help us get to 25,000!

PLEASE Sign and share.

Passengers on a US Airways flight recently rallied around a blind man and his service dog, who were kicked off the plane, and got the same treatment for their trouble.

After a long delay on a US Airways flight, Albert Rizzi’s guide dog, Doxy, became restless being cramped under the seat in front of him. According to Rizzi and fellow passengers, a flight attendant insisted Doxy had to stay there or the plane would turn around. When Rizzi objected to the treatment of himself and Doxy, they were both kicked off the plane.

But in an inspiring show of unity, his fellow passengers demanded Rizzi and Doxy be let back on. Instead, the captain cancelled the whole flight, and all 35 of his fellow passengers left the plane to stand behind Rizzi.

By law, airlines are supposed be as accommodating as possible to people flying with service animals – removing the animal is only a last resort. Now US Airways is making matters worse by digging its heels in, insisting it did nothing wrong and refusing to apologize to Rizzi.

This story is already getting a lot of attention and next Wednesday is one of the biggest traveling days of the year. So let's join with Rizzi and his fellow passengers to pressure US Airways to change their ways and help make sure that all airlines treat people with disabilities with dignity and respect as they fly to see their loved ones this holiday season.

Stand with Rizzi and his fellow passengers: sign the petition urging US Airways to treat all passengers with disabilities with respect.

To US Airways:


"We urge you to apologize to Albert Rizzi, review your policies on the appropriate treatment of passengers with disabilities and their service animals, and ensure your staff is properly trained so that what happened to him never happens again."

Please do sign - Let's make an example of this situation!

Daniel Partlow (179)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 8:50 am

Franshisca Dearmas (89)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 9:30 am
Noted and signed. TY Kit

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 9:44 am
S+S-thx Kit

Pat B (356)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 10:04 am
Thank you, Kit for this. Signed.

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 10:33 am
Signed yesterday and in fact had it bookmarked for posting-thank you Kit!

Kit B (276)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 10:39 am

Thanks Angelika - invisible Green Star sent to you mentally. I haz powerz!

Nicole W (646)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 10:45 am
ty dear Kit

Terrie W (798)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 11:00 am
Just signed and shared this not five minutes ago in private email, noted. LOL Thanks, Mizzzzzz Kitty!

Ljiljana Milic (115)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 11:52 am
> 24,182 people support this campaign.
Signed & Thank you Kit

JL A (281)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 12:01 pm
signed via email, noted now; thanks for posting Kit!

Fiona O (565)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 12:11 pm
Action taken. Thanks, Miss Kitty.

milca V (79)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 12:24 pm
thx Kit. noted n signed!

Nancy M (197)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 1:25 pm
Thanks for posting this Kit. Signed and noted.

Vallee R (280)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 3:23 pm
Had heard about - learned more - gladly signed -

Barbara K (60)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 3:36 pm
S & N, thanks my friend. Service dogs should be allowed everywhere, especially on airplanes. Their persons need their help, that is why they have the dogs.

pam w (139)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 4:37 pm
How DARE they do this?

Good for the other passengers, by the way!

Animae C (516)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 4:37 pm
25,275 people support this campaign.

Donna F (40)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 5:55 pm
signed. ty

Virgene L (51)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 6:16 pm
Gladly signed. I too would feel cramped if I had to be stuffed under the seat in front of me the whole time!
I believe European airlines routinely allow passengers to travel with animals and I don't mean just service animals. U.S. Air should take note of that. Thank you to all the passengers who supported Mr. Rizzi and his dog. Go team.

Sheryl G (363)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 6:36 pm
Had already signed and thank goodness the others stood up to this injustice while it was happening.

Tuesday November 26, 2013, 6:58 pm
noted and signed on 11-26-13 with 25,667 supporter's the airline companies are getting just as bad as everyone else in regard's to a human being with there service dog wake up folks there is a reason that this person is traveling with a service dog this person deserves free airline travel from you for the rest of his life and also a big sorry would be nice.

Paula P (55)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 7:05 pm
Signed with pleasure. This is just ignorance...these amazing animals are an extension of their humans.

Robert Tomlinson (62)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 7:21 pm
Already signed!

Maggie Kearns (7)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 7:35 pm
N & S Thanks Cher!

Michael A (28)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 7:42 pm
Great petition....S&N!!!

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 7:57 pm
Thank you! (s, n, p, t)

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 8:00 pm
Signed & noted. Thank you, Kit.

Leslene Dunn (84)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 10:49 pm
Noted and signed - they should get their butts kicked - this is shocking to say the least!

RosemaryRannes HusbandNeedsPrayers (650)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 11:15 pm
Definite signed & posted to Twitter. 26,090 signatures to date. Goal 30,000.
Thanks Kit.

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 4:15 am
Noted and signed. Thanks Kit.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 4:20 am

Thomas P (280)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 7:34 am
Noted and signed...thanks Kit.

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 8:57 am
signed and noted thanks

Madhu Pillai (22)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 12:23 pm

Kathleen R (138)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 12:33 pm
signed & noted

Roger G (154)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 1:06 pm
signed, twitted and noted, thanks

Nelson Baker (0)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 2:03 pm

Ilona V (0)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 2:48 pm
Thanks. Signed & noted.
27,119 people support this campaign. Help us get to 30,000!

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 5:14 pm

Ruth R (246)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 8:31 pm

PrimaAWAY B (1278)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 8:41 pm
Signed and remember these dogs stay with their person who they are trained to be with.
They are not in the luggage area.


Karen Chestney (112)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 8:41 pm
Petition....signed...and.....forwarded to twitter and facebook.....Thank-you for caring.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 9:04 pm
I think I signed previously, but it took me again.

Thursday November 28, 2013, 12:59 am
Gladly done (27,667 people support this campaign. Help us get to 30,000! )
Thank you, Kit!

Ruth C (87)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 7:13 am

fly bird (26)
Friday November 29, 2013, 9:48 am
signed ty

desanka s (416)
Saturday November 30, 2013, 1:58 pm
Signer 28,594. Thank you Kit!

Ondine J (134)
Sunday December 1, 2013, 3:43 pm
Noted and signed, thanks

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 3, 2013, 6:20 am
Noted and signed ~ Thank you Kit!

Melania P (122)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 2:15 pm
Now, I wonder, do dogs want to be on airplanes? Mmmm

. (0)
Saturday December 7, 2013, 9:03 am
This airline does need to show some respect. Shame on US Airways. Done TY KIt and Dandelion

John H (344)
Saturday December 7, 2013, 9:48 am
S and N

divergent revolution (309)
Saturday December 7, 2013, 9:57 am
signed,my dog has service papers
no one can deny you,and they can only ask what the dog does
not comment on him or her

divergent revolution (309)
Saturday December 7, 2013, 9:58 am
Now that i think about it, this is a very fruitful lawsuit!!!!!!

Mandi T (375)
Saturday December 7, 2013, 10:17 am
Most gladly signed and posted on my FB page.Goal: 35,000

29,734 people support this campaign. Help us get to 35,000!

Mike M (40)
Saturday December 7, 2013, 10:53 am

lee e (114)
Saturday December 7, 2013, 11:04 am
N+S - thanks for posting and thank you too Dandelion for the forward! I signed a similar one yesterday - more general than personal!

Mary T (358)
Saturday December 7, 2013, 11:19 am
Thank you Kit & Dandelion for forwarding - signed, noted & shared

Judith C (159)
Saturday December 7, 2013, 4:40 pm

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Saturday December 7, 2013, 10:16 pm
Noted, signed and shared.

Shirley S (187)
Sunday December 8, 2013, 3:27 pm
Noted & signed

Judy C (97)
Sunday December 8, 2013, 3:59 pm
Signed. Thanks Kit & Dandelion.

Gina Caracci (219)
Wednesday December 18, 2013, 9:17 pm
I would have suggested they sit under the seat in front and see how comfy it is. I was gonna bring my boy with me but hes so big theres no way he would have fit in front of THREE of the seats let alone UNDER one.
What they did is illegal, IMO, and I hope they get sued. Would they have kicked off someone with a child who was restless?...oh wait- scratch that-- it has happened..*sigh*

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 26, 2013, 3:08 am
Thank god I wasn't too late :)
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