Florida woman fakes medical emergency to get larger seat

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Florida woman fakes medical emergency to get larger seat

Postby Greg on Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:46 pm

A Florida woman was taken into custody after she forced an early morning [Envoy Air] flight to divert back to the airport shortly after takeoff by faking a medical condition in a bid to secure a bigger seat, authorities said.

The flight had taken off from Pensacola International Airport in Florida for Miami at 5.43 a.m. on Friday, but it landed back at the airport less than 45 minutes later after a female passenger claimed to have a medical issue, an airline spokesman confirmed to Newsweek.

The pilot declared an emergency and turned the flight back around after the woman, who has not been named, said she was having trouble breathing, Pensacola Police spokesperson Mike Wood told Newsweek.

Officers from the department were called to Pensacola International Airport after the flight landed back there at around 6.30 a.m. and the woman said she had made up the medical issue in order to get a bigger seat on that plane or another flight. Wood told Newsweek the woman is "larger" and was not comfortable in the seat she had been assigned.

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