There are always two sides to every story. So I’m interested in the other side of this story which describes how a woman on a United flight heading for a ski trip to Alaska was arrested after she attempted to switch to an exit row.
Woman Arrested On United
She arrested in Seattle from her “third leg of a long cross-country trip” when she says the flight attendant over reacted to her switching seats to an exit row after the doors closed.
“One of the stewardesses said ‘Oh no you don’t.’ Which stopped me in my tracks,”
“So I went forward and then another stewardess came along and said ‘Give me your credit card,’”
“At that point I decided no, I’m not paying $109 and I’ll go back to my seat,”
Seated now, resigned to her crowded row, an announcement was made.
“I heard the captain say ‘There is a lady that wants to get off the plane on this flight, so we have to wait,” she said.
Then flight attendants “surrounded” her…
“And said ‘You have to get off this plane.’ And I said ‘no, I paid for this seat and I’m going to stay here,’”
It just doesn’t add up. She tried to move to a better seat and once confronted with the cost to upgrade, she returns to her seat and ends up getting arrested? Yeah, doesn’t make sense.
Lesson learned here is if you want to get a better seat on United like a Economy Plus or Exit row seat, it’s best that get United Elite status, even if you have to status match to United Premier Platinum for free. If you don’t, and you try to switch seats, you could end up like this lady. But seriously, I wonder what could have caused her to get arrested other than simply sitting down in the exit row seat and then returning to her original seat.
Hmmm. Maybe Chris Elliott will take up this cause to find out what really happened.