Under the Washington Public Records Act, §42.56 et seq., I am requesting an opportunity to inspect or obtain copies of public records that pertain JetBlue flight 598 on August 3, 2019 (aircraft registration N987JT). The flight departed Seattle-Tacoma airport at 11:44am and then returned to SEA due to fumes in the forward cabin and a flight attendant reporting that he became dizzy. The flight attendant was reportedly taken off the aircraft on a stretcher by paramedics at SEA. I am requesting all releasable records for this incident, including any incident reports and first aid reports and patient care records by the Port of Seattle Police Department and the Port of Seattle Fire Department.
If there are any fees for searching or copying these records, please inform me if the cost will exceed $50. However, I would also like to request a waiver of all fees in that the disclosure of the requested information is in the public interest and will contribute significantly to the public’s understanding of airplane air contamination. This information is not being sought for commercial purposes. I am a representative of the media at the Los Angeles Times. This request is being made for newsgathering purposes.
The Washington Public Records Act requires a response to this request be made within five business days. If access to the records I am requesting will take longer than this amount of time, please contact me with information about when I might expect copies or the ability to inspect the requested records.
If you deny any or all of this request, please cite each specific exemption you feel justifies the refusal to release the information and notify me of the appeal procedures available to me under the law.
Thank you for considering my request.