A pilot forced to turn around his plane because a passenger faked an illness just to get a better seat. This was according to the police.
Pilot forced to turn back
A woman has taken off a plane and into custody after she faked an illness. She was trying to get a better seat on her flight.
An American Eagle flight Pensacola to Miami returned to the airport around 6:26 a.m. Friday within an hour after takeoff. This was because a passenger was in need of medical attention, according to a statement from American Airlines.
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Moments after their takeoff, a female passenger began complaining and asking for a bigger seat, according to Pensacola Police Department. When the airline employees on the flight told her that they could not get her a better seat she became ill. Said by Pensacola Police Department Public Information Officer Mike Wood.
After that, the pilot decided to return back to Pensacola due to the woman’s said illness. Upon their arrival, the employees realized that the woman was only faking her illness and asked her to step off the plane. Employees called the police when she refused, Wood said.
Wood said that the woman who was not to be named was taken into custody under the Baker Act. The criminal charge against her not filed yet.