A woman that pretended to have health issues during a flight in order to get a bigger seat ended up forcing the pilot of the plane to make an emergency landing.
The passenger, whose name was not shared with the public, is from Florida and was traveling from Pensacola to Miami on American Eagle flight 3508 when she called the staff and reported that she was having breathing problems.
The plan of the woman backfired after the pilot of the plane decided to make an emergency landing back at Pensacola.
The entire airplane was forced to evacuate after the woman refused to get off.
The police ended up convincing the woman to get off the plane.
Mike Wood, the Public Information Officer of the Pensacola Police Department, said, the woman admitted that she faked up the problem to get a bigger seat.
The American Airlines released an official statement about the incident.
The statement said, “On Friday 29 November, American Eagle flight 3508 returned to Pensacola due to a passenger who requested medical assistance.”
The statement added, “The flight took off at 5.43 am and landed back at Pensacola at 6.26 am and taxied to the gate. All passengers deplaned normally at the gate through the main boarding door and onto the jet bridge.”
The statement continued, “The passenger was subsequently removed by law enforcement and medical personnel, and the flight took off again at 7.41 am.”
The passenger is currently being held in custody under the Baker Act of Florida.
The Baker Act allows people with mental illnesses to be held involuntarily for up to 72 hours if it is believed that they are at risk of suffering from neglect or of harming others or themselves.
No charges have been filed.
The age of the woman or her race was not released with the public.