Debate over dogs on planes after allergic passenger dragged off flight …
(Mary Hui and Lindsey Bever, Washington Post) A woman was removed from a Southwest Airlines flight in Baltimore on Sept. 26.
The airline says she complained of a life-threatening allergy to two dogs onboard.
Southwest Airlines says the woman had complained about two dogs aboard the Los Angeles-bound aircraft on Sept. 26, stating that she had a life-threatening pet allergy.
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What ensued was a scene that has become all too familiar in air travel.
The passenger refused requests to deplane, and law enforcement officers were called in to remove her from the flight.
A video shows the officers pulling her out of her seat. She screams at them, telling them, “Don’t touch me.” She is dragged down the aisle.
She was later arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, failure to obey a reasonable and lawful order, disturbing the peace, obstructing and hindering a police officer, and resisting arrest.
That is one version of the events aboard the Southwest flight.
The woman, Anila Daulatzai, 46, has a very different account.
Daulatzai said she was traveling to see her elderly father, who was undergoing surgery.
She told “Good Morning America” on Thursday that when she boarded the plane, “the first thing I asked the flight attendant was, ‘How many dogs are going to be on this plane?’”
But, she said, she never told airline personnel that her allergy was a life-threatening condition.
“I said, ‘It’s not life-threatening at all,’” she said.
Still, Daulatzai said, crew members continued to press her about her allergy and were uncomfortable with her on the plane.
“They just didn’t trust me,” she told the ABC News show, breaking her silence a week after video of the incident went viral. “I was a brown woman with a hoodie.”