Clayton Osbon, the Jet Blue pilot who exhibited erratic behavior, needs a good lawyer. His actions got him in legal trouble. When all this is over, he might consider becoming an advocate for humane treatment of those who just lose it. The Preachers's Wife Mary Winkler sort of got that, thanks to her splendid lawyer Steve Farese, who worked pro bono.
When I was growing up in Jersey City, New Jersey, of course there were meltdowns. But it was before the media age and they were kept under wraps. Afterwards no one spoke of them. It was also before it was a mobile society, so those who had lost it were frozen in not only time but also place. They were "the nut."
With so much upheaval in society, more are "just losing it." A pillar of society in our complex, an evangelical Christian called me sobbing. Another of the residents had conned her and she asked me if the same thing had happened to me. Of course it had. She knew that. That's why she was calling. I slid into the cliche about it was a learning experience and got off the phone. She called back. Yeah, lost it. Life had not been easy for her.
Instead of gawking and giggling, can't we re-learn compassion? After her meltdown, my neighbor was sheepish. I shared with her my own struggles, sometimes unsuccessful, to stay centered. We became friends. Today we agree that it's hubris which makes us so self conscious and society so judgmental after we spiral into that descent into emotional hell. A useful read is "Radical Acceptance" by Tara Brach.