Nothing's more en vogue these days then getting dragged off airplanes, and yesterday an unidentified female passenger, who we'll just call Working Girl, was dragged off with the best of them while on a Southwest airplane boarding at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Working Girl first clocked in when she realized that there were two dogs on her flight. Jarring realization considering the rarity of dogs. She frantically informed flight attendants that she suffers from a "life-threatening pet allergy," but that she wasn't carrying her medicine, because, YOLO. When the crew refused to remove the dogs at her request, things, like the woman's face, got ugly. A Southwest rep explained:
Our policy states that a customer (without a medical certificate) may be denied boarding if they report a life-threatening allergic reaction and cannot travel safely with an animal on board. Our flight crew made repeated attempts to explain the situation to the customer, however, she refused to deplane and law enforcement became involved.
When officers started hauling her ass off the plane, the woman began her tirade rivaling drunk Reese "I'm a US citizen" Witherspoon:
I’m a professor. What are you doing?
My dad has surgery tomorrow. I’m sorry, my dad has a surgery. What are you doing?
And, since she was being filmed and her lawyers would need something to work with, Working Girl threw in:
Don’t touch me! I’m walking!
I can’t walk. He’s got my leg!
A person's ill-preparedness obviously must inconvenience all those around them. And can in no way be their own fault. The 2010's modus operandi. People will obviously draw comparisons to the infamous United Airlines incident involving a bloodied up Dr. David Dao. While I side with him, the fact that we're now going to have to see shaky iPhone videos of people recreating a scene from The Shawshank Redemption everytime they don't get an extra pillow makes me kind of hate him. Police slapped Working Girl with a handful of charges, including resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, but Southwest still released an apology. And, shocker, they will be contacting her directly. Maybe they'll give her a dog. No. I smell monetary compensation perhaps:
We are disheartened by the way this situation unfolded and the customer's removal by local law enforcement officers," Southwest Airlines said in the statement. "We publicly offer our apologies to this customer for her experience, and we will be contacting her directly to address her concerns.
Here's a thought. If the woman was, in fact, seconds away from croaking. Let her?
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