JetBlue pilot who disrupted flight is free to go home

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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APPHOTO TXAMA201: FILE - In this April 2, 2012, file photo JetBlue pilot Clayton Frederick Osbon, right, is escorted to a waiting vehicle by FBI agents as he is released from The Pavilion at Northwest Texas Hospital, in Amarillo, Texas. A federal judge is expected to rule on whether a JetBlue Airways pilot who disrupted a flight by running through the plane and yelling about terrorists can go free. Osbon was charged with interference with a flight crew for his behavior on the March 27 flight from New York to Las Vegas. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity. On Friday Nov. 9, 2012, a judge in Amarillo will decide if Osbon should be committed to a mental health facility or set free. (AP Photo/Amarillo Globe-News, Michael Schumacher) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT; TV OUT (2 Apr 2012)

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