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Mother is arrested and spends 12 hours in jail after complaining her teenage daughter’s seat was covered in VOMIT on Frontier flight from Las Vegas

A woman was arrested and her young daughter was placed in protective custody after she complained about vomit on her seat on a passenger jet leaving Las Vegas. 
Rosetta Swinney, 53, was on a flight with her 14-year-old daughter to Raleigh-Durham when she complained to staff about the state of the seat. 
Swinney told Frontier Airlines staff that her daughter's seat was covered in vomit. 
This is the moment Rosetta Swinney, 53, is arrested and removed from a Frontier Airlines aircraft after she complained that her 14-year-old daughter's seat was covered in vomit
This is the moment Rosetta Swinney, 53, is arrested and removed from a Frontier Airlines aircraft after she complained that her 14-year-old daughter's seat was covered in vomit
Swinney, pictured left, was handcuffed and taken from the jet while at the departure gate at Las Vegas McCarran airport
Swinney, pictured left, was handcuffed and taken from the jet while at the departure gate at Las Vegas McCarran airport 
Mother arrested at the airport refusing to sit in vomit covered seat
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The aircraft had already been delayed and Swinney claimed cabin crew wanted to separate her from her daughter and send them to opposite sides of the jet while the seat was cleaned. 
However, the airline claims they were forced to remove Swinney and her daughter from the aircraft when Swinney became disruptive. 
Swinney told ABC News: 'What really hurt me is for my child to see me getting handcuffed and taken away from her. Twelve hours I was in jail. Twelve hours.'
Swinney and her daughter had spent the Easter holiday in Nevada attending a wedding. 
She said she only reacted after her daughter saw the vomit-covered seat. 
She continued: 'She jumped up to say "mom! My hands are wet." 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.'
Swinney said she confronted the flight attendant over her failure to clean the seat. 
The airline denies this and claims Swinney became abusive and this is when the crew called for back up from airport police who arrested the 53-year-old passenger. 
Rosetta Swinney, 53, was on a flight with her 14-year-old daughter to Raleigh-Durham (pictured when she was younger)
Rosetta Swinney, 53, was on a flight with her 14-year-old daughter to Raleigh-Durham (pictured when she was younger)
Swinney said she confronted the flight attendant over her failure to clean the seat
Swinney said she confronted the flight attendant over her failure to clean the seat
Swinney added: 'I felt humiliated. I felt more bad that my child had to see me be handcuffed and taken away from her.' 
Following her arrest, Swinney is facing a misdemeanor trespassing charge. 
She is due to appear in court in Las Vegas in June. 
According to Frontier Airlines: 'During boarding of flight 2066 from McCarran International Airport (LAS) to Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) last week, two passengers told the flight attendants that vomit was present in their seat area. 
'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. 
Frontier Airlines said they tried to assist Swinney and her daughter before the arrest
Frontier Airlines said they tried to assist Swinney and her daughter before the arrest
'The daughter was also offered cleaning products and invited to use the lavatory to wash up. The mother was unsatisfied with the response and became disruptive. As a result, the flight attendants determined that the mother and daughter should be deplaned and accommodated on another flight. 
'The mother refused, and following procedure, law enforcement was called. 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. The safety of passengers and crew is our top priority at Frontier.' 

1 comment:

  1. being angry over the situation is hardly disruptive enough to delay the flight. who wouldn't be pissed off about given a seat that was filthy?

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