Woman Forcibly Removed from Southwest Flight

By Jesse Sokolow on 27 September 2017
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DSC_0819A female passenger was removed from a plane at Baltimore-Washington International Airport Tuesday morning by several police officers apparently acting at the airline’s behest.

The passenger, who was not identified, reportedly had informed cabin crew that she was severely allergic to two dogs on the plane, one of which was a service animal, and asked that the dogs be removed from the plane.

When this did not happen, flight attendants asked the woman to produce the proper medical certificate identifying that she was able to travel safely with the dogs in the air. She could not provide one, and it was at this point she was asked to leave the aircraft, which was bound for Los Angeles International Airport.

The incident, which was caught on camera, shows two police officers board the plane and ask the woman to leave. When she refused, the officers forcibly removed her, despite her protesting that her pants were being ripped and that she had to be in Los Angeles for her father’s surgery. At one point in the video, the passenger stated she was a professor.  She remained relatively calm throughout the video.

The flight, Southwest 1525, was delayed by 45 minutes due to the incident but later took off, landing in Los Angeles later that day.

Southwest issued an apology to the passenger who was removed.

“We are disheartened by the way this situation unfolded and the Customer’s removal by local law enforcement officers. We publicly offer our apologies to this Customer for her experience and we will be contacting her directly to address her concerns,” Southwest said in a statement.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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