Charlotte mayor tapped to head Transportation Flight bars man with Tourette
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Monday tapped rising Democratic politician Anthony Foxx to lead the Department of Transportation, an agency at the center of Washington's fiscal fights.
Foxx, 41, has served as the mayor of Charlotte, N.C., since 2009. Among those in the audience for the East Room ceremony was Foxx's grandmother, who worked in the White House during the Truman administration.
If confirmed by the Senate, Foxx will take over the Transportation Department from outgoing Secretary Ray LaHood, a rare Republican serving in a Democratic administration.
ARLINGTON, Va. -- A Maryland man with Tourette syndrome was barred from a JetBlue flight after repeatedly saying "bomb" during the check-in process.
Michael Doyle, 19, of Rockville, Md., had been scheduled to fly Thursday with a friend from Reagan National Airport outside Washington to San Juan, Puerto Rico. He told WTTG-TV that he brought paperwork documenting his illness in case he said anything to prompt a security concern. Tourette syndrome is a neurological disorder that can cause uncontrolled speech.
He estimated he said "bomb" as many as 100 times. He said he had the Boston Marathon bombings on his mind, as he became more nervous, the problem worsened.
The Transportation Security Administration let him board, but a JetBlue pilot kicked him off the plane before departure. The airline issued a statement saying the pilot initially had a security concern but later determined the situation was "innocuous" and offered Doyle a spot on the next flight.