JetBlue pilot who disrupted flight is free to go home

6:07 PM, Nov 9, 2012   |    comments
In this handout from the Randall County Sheriff’s Office, JetBlue pilot Clayton Osbon is seen April 2, 2012 in Amarillo, Texas. (Randall County Sheriff’s Office via Getty Images)
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AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - The JetBlue Airways captain who ran through the cabin of a cross-country flight, yelling about religion and terrorists, is being prohibited from flying -- and he has to give up his pilot's license.

The orders came today from a judge in Amarillo, Texas, who allowed Clayton Osbon to go free instead of committing him to a mental health facility.

Osbon's release comes seven months after the flight from New York to Las Vegas. The flight was diverted and safely landed in Amarillo.

He was charged with interference with a flight crew, and was found not guilty by reason of insanity after an expert testified that he'd had a "brief psychotic disorder" brought on by a lack of sleep.

Osbon remains a JetBlue employee on inactive duty. But he can't board any domestic or international flight without permission from the judge or his probation officer.

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

His lawyer says he doesn't know what sort of employment Osbon might pursue.

After his release, Osbon was headed back to his home in Georgia -- by car, traveling the 1,300 miles with a JetBlue colleague.

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