Woman arrested after complaining about vomit on daughter's plane seat
A North Carolina woman was arrested and spent around 12 hours in jail, after complaining about finding vomit on her daughter's plane seat, local news sources report.
Rosetta Swinney, 53, was travelling with her teenage daughter on a Frontier Airlines from Las Vegas to California.
When her flight was delayed so the plane could be cleaned, her daughter's seat was still wet.
"She jumped up to say 'Mom! My hands are wet,'" Swinney explained to WDTV. "She smelled it. She says 'this is vomit, mom.' So we went to look. It was on the bag, all over her shirt, her hands."
Here's a report on Swinney's arrest:
Swinney, understandably, was furious. From there, two conflicting stories emerge about what happened next. In a statement, Frontier Airlines said: "The flight attendants apologized and immediately invited the mother and her teenage daughter to move to either end of the plane so that the seat area could be cleaned.
"The mother and daughter were also told that once boarding was complete they would be provided other seats if available. The daughter was also offered cleaning products and invited to use the lavatory to wash up."
Frontier say that Swinney, a pharmacy technician at Walmart then became "disruptive", and that flight attendants moved to remove her from the flight.
"Law enforcement then requested that everyone deplane so that the mother and daughter could be removed allowing the aircraft to be re-boarded and depart. We apologized to our passengers for the inconvenience caused by the departure delay."
But Swinney tells a different version of events.
After immediately speaking to a flight attendant about the dirty seat, Swinney claimed the staff member said it wasn't her job.
"I don't know if she got offensive about it," she said. "But she turned around to me and said, 'that's not my job.' If it wasn't her job. Why wasn't it attend [sic] to?"
On Facebook, another passenger corroborated Swinney's story, saying that Swinney was just complaining about some uncleaned vomit that came from neither herself nor her daughter.
"The passenger refuses to clean someone else’s vomit so the attendant says 'fine, you’re rude and you don’t have to fly with us tonight' and asks her to leave. She responds 'No, I have to work and I paid over $700 for our tickets'...
"Now she’s in handcuffs. Her 14 year old daughter is screaming and she is being hauled away by the police. Now they’re cleaning up the same vomit the lady complained about initially because it’s a biohazard!"
"I felt humiliated," Swinney said. "I felt more bad that my child had to see me be handcuffed and taken away from her."
Swinney was placed in jail for half a day while her daughter was put into protective custody. Upon leaving jail, Swinney immediately booked a $1,000 flight with Delta to get home.
Frontier eventually refunded her flight, but the mother still isn't impressed, saying she is hiring a civil rights attorney to help fight her misdemeanor trespassing charge. She's due in a Las Vegas courtroom in June, and says she's never flying Frontier again.