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Woman Fakes Medical Emergency on Plane to Get a Better Seat

News Airports + Flying
by Eben Diskin Dec 3, 2019

Airplane seats are small and uncomfortable, and every traveler wishes they could get upgraded for a spot with more legroom without having to pay up — but there’s a limit to what one should do to get the seat of their choice.

During an American Eagle flight from Pensacola to Miami on November 29, a woman claimed to have trouble breathing, causing the pilot to declare an emergency and return to Pensacola. Once back on the ground, the passenger “made it clear that she was faking the medical condition to get a bigger seat,” explained Mike Wood, Pensacola Police Department’s public information officer.

The woman in question refused to leave the plane, causing the aircraft to be grounded for over an hour and all the other passengers to deplane. The passenger was eventually removed by law enforcement and medical personnel.

Police detained the woman who is believed to be suffering from mental illness. The flight took off to Miami soon after.

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