JetBlue Pilot Who Disrupted Flight To Be Freed

Originally posted on CBS Dallas / Fort Worth:

Emergency workers stand around the pilot of a JetBlue plane who was removed from his flight due to a medical issue. (Photo credit Steve Miller/The Reporter’s Edge)

AMARILLO (CBSDFW.COM/AP)A JetBlue Airways pilot who disrupted a cross-country flight by leaving the cockpit and yelling about religion and terrorists should be freed rather than committed to a mental health facility, a Texas judge ruled Friday.

Clayton Osbon was charged with interference with a flight crew for the March incident, but was found not guilty by reason of insanity in July. A forensic neuropsychologist testified in a short, unpublicized trial that Osbon had a “brief psychotic disorder” brought on by lack of sleep.

U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson said Friday that Osbon would be allowed to go free, but set certain conditions for his release. He will not be allowed to fly or board any commercial or private planes without…

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