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Woman removed from United Airlines flight and arrested for wanting to change her seat

By Mason White 11:52 AM December 25, 2014
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By: Chan Yuan
(Scroll down for video) A woman missed her ski trip and spent three days in jail after asking flight attendants to change her seat.

Jennifer McLogan of Long Island, New York, said that she was treated like a criminal and was removed from a flight just because she wanted to change seats.

McLogan, 68, spent three days in jail for women as the courts were closed over the weekend. Three police officers boarded the United Airlines flight and dragged the woman out of the plane, ripping her pants.

Mamakos of Huntington, was charged with trespassing after she asked to change seats so that she can sleep during her flight to Alaska.

Mamakos and her ski club where changing planes in Seattle, Washington, and people around her were making a lot of noise.

Mamakos said that this was the third leg of a long journey across the country, and had hoped to sleep.

She found a quiet and empty seat and sat down. However, a flight attendant informed her that she cannot sit there as it was an emergency exit.

After returning to her seat, police came on board and took her away in handcuffs.

A United Airlines spokesperson said that “federal law requires pre-flight briefings for anyone seated in emergency rows, and added that balance and weight safety regulations prevent onboard seat changes.”

Mamakos admits that she resisted arrest because she had paid thousands of dollars for the round trip flight. She claims that hostile flight attendants overreacted when she tried to take an empty seat before takeoff.

Mamakos, who lost a lot of money as she missed her trip, is suing United Airlines for $5 million.