JetBlue pilot who disrupted flight free to go home

Clayton Osbon is barred from flying and lost his license.
Clayton Osbon is barred from flying and lost his license.

AMARILLO, Texas — A JetBlue Airways captain who ran through the cabin of a cross-country flight yelling about religion and terrorists was prohibited Friday from flying or keeping his pilot’s license, and now faces what could be the difficult task of finding work after being released from a prison medical facility.

Clayton Osbon was released more than seven months after a March flight from New York to Las Vegas during which passengers said the 49-year-old pilot left the cockpit and ran through the cabin yelling about Jesus and Al Qaeda.

The flight was diverted and safely landed in Amarillo.


Osbon was charged with interference with a flight crew. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity after a forensic neuropsychologist testified in a short, unpublicized trial that Osbon had a ‘‘brief psychotic disorder’’ brought on by lack of sleep.

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Osbon remains a JetBlue employee on inactive duty, but conditions set Friday by US District Judge Mary Lou Robinson say he is not allowed on board any domestic or international flight without permission from the judge or his probation officer and he must forego his license.

The conditions also say he must find regular work, unless his probation officer approves schooling or training instead.