A woman kicked off a plane with her daughter after being offered a vomit covered seat is suing the airline for $55 million.
A mother who was kicked off a Frontier Airlines flight along with her teenage daughter after refusing to sit in a seat covered in vomit is suing the airline for $55 million for “emotional distress.”
Rosetta Swinney and her daughter had just attended a wedding and were flying from Las Vegas to Durham, North Carolina earlier this year.
As the pair boarded the flight at McCarran International Airport, they noticed somebody else’s vomit on their assigned seats.
The daughter allegedly got vomit on her hands whilst putting her bag in the overhead compartment.
When Swinney complained to a Frontier flight attendant, she was provided with gloves and wipes so she could clean the mess herself.
Swinney refused which, according to the lawsuit, lead to her and her daughter being thrown off the flight.
Police were called on board and Swinney was handcuffed and removed from the aircraft.
According to reports, the incident ended with Swinney in jail and her daughter in the care of social services.
In April, the time of the incident, Frontier Airlines released the following statement:
“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. 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.”
The newly-filed lawsuit claims Frontier’s statement defamed Swinney