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Woman seeking bigger seat on plane faked medical emergency: cops

A Florida woman faked a medical emergency in order to get a larger seat on an American Airlines flight, authorities said. But the pilot, apparently not realizing the emergency was bogus, turned the plane around. The woman, who wasn’t publicly identified, was taken into custody when Miami-bound flight American Eagle 3508 landed back in Pensacola around 6:30 a.m. Friday, police said. ( More...

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Kobe Hunte 7
How pathetic can you get. She got a lot comfier seat in the police office I bet...
sparkie624 7
LOL... and she got a free ride to boot!
Bill Babis 5
Something tells me she already has a big seat.
Glad you said it first..
Upgrading to a better seat around $300.00
Declaring a medical emergency and getting a bill from AA: $10,000+
Criminal charges filed by local authorities and legal fees: $5,000+

Getting fame on Flight Aware: Priceless
mary susan watkins 2
The airplane reprtedly was an american eagle flight..the seats on those aircraft are all the same and there are no "better"nor bigger ones..the woman obviously doesnt fly much, and thought her "scam" would work..yes,that scam will cost her attorney fees,reimbursement to American eagle,and a lot of embarrassment due to her ignorance..
1 HOUR AND 30 minute flight, enjoy your delay Mam ... Good Day !!!
Chris B 3
Bet the bill from American hurts more than the seat in the Police car.
sparkie624 5
We... She got what she wanted... A Larger Seat... Police Cars, Court Rooms have much wider seats that what any aircraft has... :)

lynx318 1
So does the jail cell...a whole concrete bench.
joel wiley 3
And she got a different mix of fellow travelers for a longer time than on the flight...
The exit row and bulkhead are both bigger seats in the 145
sparkie624 1
I was just looking at that, and I also noticed that American charges more for the Exit row and Bulkhead seats as well.
scott8733 1
Doesn't make sense. AA3508 last Friday shows as a ERJ-145 50 seat jet - in which there aren't any bigger seats.
sparkie624 2
Could have been a ship substitution due to AOS aircraft which would make since why she could have been upgraded to a larger seat - Maybe to a CRJ or ERJ-170/175 maybe...
Bulk heads are tighter, and the only possible bigger seat... Emergency row


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