Thursday 5 December 2019

Flight grounded after woman 'fakes illness to get better seat'

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The plane took off again nearly two hours after its first travel attempt. Stock Image: Getty Images
The plane took off again nearly two hours after its first travel attempt. Stock Image: Getty Images

Lateshia Beachum

A woman in Florida was arrested for faking medical problems aboard an American Airlines flight headed to Miami early on Friday morning, police say.

After becoming airborne around 5.43am, the captain flew the aircraft back to Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport around 6.26am, according to Mike Wood, spokesperson for the Pensacola Police Department.

The captain had notified the flight tower about an unruly passenger, and the department, which also patrols the airport, was waiting on the ground for the commercial flight.

Once on land, the woman refused to get off the plane.

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"When we got on the ground, we figured out she was faking a medical condition in order to get a better seat," he said, noting she eventually admitted in a conversation with police and the plane captain she was trying to get a bigger seat.

The plane took off again nearly two hours after its first travel attempt.

The Federal Aviation Administration or American Airlines could press charges to recover expenses. (© Washington Post)

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