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Sandro Martinez calls 911 after being denied passage on flight from Fort Lauderdale, BSO says

Dania Beach man says JetBlue wanted to charge him to rebook flight

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DANIA BEACH, Fla. – A Dania Beach man was arrested after he called 911 to report that an airline was refusing to let him fly because he was too intoxicated, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.

Sandro Martinez, 50, faces charges of trespassing and misuse of the 911 system.

According to a BSO report, Deputy Marc Berman met with Martinez at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after Martinez called 911 Monday night.

When asked why he called 911, Martinez said he wasn't allowed to board a JetBlue flight because he was "highly intoxicated."

"He then returned to the airport and when he attempted to rebook the flight, he was told there would be an additional fee, and he refused to pay it," Berman wrote in the report.

When Berman asked Martinez if he thought the incident was an emergency that necessitated calling 911, Martinez replied, "Probably not."

An airport deputy told Berman that Martinez was "intoxicated and irate" because JetBlue wouldn't let him fly hours earlier. The deputy told Martinez that he would have to come back the next day, and Martinez was escorted to a taxi.

Martinez said he "felt he was justified calling 911" because JetBlue wouldn't let him fly and wanted to charge him an additional fee to book another flight, Berman wrote.

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