Southwest Boeing 737 winglet overlooking LA

Southwest Boeing 737 winglet overlooking LA

A 47 year old woman on a Southwest Airline’s flight from Florida to California ran into some trouble texting messaging someone while on her way to her seat.

She states that a flight attendant approached her and “rudely” told her to turn off her phone and buckle up. The woman states she totally complied and turned it off immediately and sat down. She continues saying the flight attendent returned and harassed her 6 more times before leaving the gate, not listening to her showing him that she turned off her phone.

He suposidly came back to her twice more while the plane was on its way to the runway and he decided to throw her off the plane. The flight was then returned to the gate, the woman was arrested, and the flight continued on.

Personally this seems like a bunch of hogwash and someone found a lawyer who likes publicity. First off a flight attendant can’t control what the plane does. The pilot would have to be informed of the situation and make the call to return to the gate. Then police are not going to just arrest this woman if she really did nothing wrong.

Of course Southwest Airlines is not commenting at this time, but I am sure they are looking forward to comment and set the story straight.

Source: Tennessean.com Image: Krobie

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This sounds way too fishy to me. Why would an airline react that way if what the woman is saying is true. I would imagine there are other people on the plane who witnessed this whole thing.

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