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A Unfortunate Airline Incident Inspired This Man to Spread Parkinsons Awareness

By Pippa Raga

When Bryan Roberts arrived at LAX after a business trip in Burbank, the airport was bustling with holiday travelers. Instead of using his red-eye ticket back to New York, Bryan chose to give up his seat on the overbooked JetBlue flight.

But what the Ithaca College associate dean and communications professor did not yet know was how horribly he'd be treated by the airline, which had been his favorite until that day, he tells Distractify exclusively.

Bryan, 38, suffers from Parkinson's disease and had been coming out of a week-long business trip in Los Angeles when he was supposed to fly home to New York. "I was pretty symptomatic and the flight, as always, was overbooked," he tells me over the phone.