BALTIMORE (CBS News) — A woman on a Southwest Airlines flight from Baltimore, Maryland to Los Angeles, California, was dragged off the plane Tuesday — and the incident was caught on video.
Initial reports indicate that the customer seen getting dragged off the plane stated that she had a life-threatening pet allergy, but was unable to provide the necessary documentation to complete her flight.
Two dogs were on board the flight.
According to Southwest Airlines, their flight crew asked the woman to exit the plane several times and she refused. She was then forcibly removed by law enforcement officers.
Southwest Airlines released a statement regarding the incident:
We are disheartened by the way this situation unfolded and the Customer’s removal by local law enforcement officers. We publicly offer our apologies to this Customer for her experience and we will be contacting her directly to address her concerns. Southwest Airlines was built on Customer Service, and it is always our goal for all Customers to have a positive experience.
Initial reports indicate the Customer in the video stated that she had a life-threatening pet allergy, but she was unable to provide the medical certificate necessary to complete travel. There was one emotional support animal and one pet onboard the aircraft. 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 onboard. Our Flight Crew made repeated attempts to explain the situation to the Customer, however, she refused to deplane and law enforcement became involved.”