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April 8, 2012
Salem News

Roses to Jason Dowd. He is the JetBlue pilot thrust into a national spotlight. He was given a national media full-court press. The Salem News was contacted by major sources such as CBS, NBC, ABC, Inside Edition and the New York Daily News seeking information on the Salem High graduate and current resident. He safely landed a New York to Las Vegas flight in Texas after the pilot became disorderly and was locked out of the cockpit. The pressure had to have been intense. But he cooly acted by the book and avoided a potentially tragic situation by keeping the distressed pilot out of the cabin. Sure Dowd did what he is trained to do and we would like to hope any other pilot in this country would've responded likewise. But his actions shouldn't be understated -?in the eyes and hearts of his 135 passengers that day some 35,000 feet in the air, he was a hero. Jason and his family stressed a need for privacy but his acts surely warrant commendation in his hometown newspaper. Extra roses for him for not transforming into a media attention glutton basking in his own 15 minutes of fame. Classy and humble come to mind. And it was a nice touch by Mayor Berlin who invited Dowd and his family to participate in the Memorial Day Parade.



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