NY woman jailed in Seattle for the holidays after changing seats on her United flight

NY woman jailed in Seattle for the holidays after changing seats on her United flight

[Ed. – Good grief.  This does sound like something of an overreaction.]

Jean Mamakos, 68, of Huntington said…she was resisting arrest because she had paid thousands in airfare for the round-trip flight and claims unfriendly flight attendants overreacted when she tried to move to an empty row after the doors closed for takeoff.  It was the third leg of a long, cross-country trip, and she hoped to sleep.

“One of the stewardesses said, ‘Oh no you don’t,’ which stopped me in my tracks,” said Mamakos.

Mamakos then moved toward the front of the plane.

“So I went forward and another stewardess came along and said, ‘Give me your credit card,’” said Mamakos.

Mamakos, a registered nurse, was in an empty exit row emergency seat and was told that sitting there would be a costly upgrade.

“At that point, I decided no, I’m not paying $109 and went back to my seat.”

Once she was seated again in her crowded row, an announcement was made.

“I heard the captain say there is a lady who wants to get off the plane on this flight. So we have to wait. I didn’t know that was me,” said Mamakos.

She said she was then surrounded by flight attendants.

“(They said), ‘You have to get off this plane.’ (I said),’No,  I paid for this seat, and I’m going to stay here,’” said Mamakos.

Mamakos was eventually booked, fingerprinted, had a mug shot taken and then sent to the county jail.  Her bags and shocked friends continued on to Alaska.

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