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The Woman Who Was Forcibly Dragged by Police from a Southwest Airlines Flight is Now Facing Multiple Charges [on Anila Daulatzai]
by Cadie Thompson
The woman whom police dragged off a Southwest Airlines flight on Tuesday evening at the Baltimore-Washington International Airport now faces multiple charges, the Maryland Transportation Authority said in a statement obtained by Business Insider.
The incident, which was filmed by a fellow passenger, took place on Flight 1525 to Los Angeles.
It started when the passenger, who has been identified as 46-year-old Anila Daulatzai, told the flight crew that she had a "life-threatening pet allergy," Southwest Airlines said in a statement to Business Insider.
Daulatzai brought this to their attention because there was an emotional-support dog and a pet on the flight.
The airline said that for Daulatzai to remain on the flight, she would need to show a medical certificate.
"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," a Southwest representative said.
"Our Flight Crew made repeated attempts to explain the situation to the Customer, however, she refused to deplane and law enforcement became involved," the airline said.
After Daulatzai was removed from the plane, she was taken into custody and charged with failure to obey a reasonable and lawful order, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, obstructing and hindering a police officer, and resisting arrest.
The Maryland Transportation Authority said in its statement that Daulatzai was taken to Anne Arundel County District Court and that she was later released on her own recognizance.
"When the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police receive a request from the captain of a Southwest plane to remove a disorderly person, we respond accordingly," the department said in the statement.
Southwest Airlines on Wednesday apologized for the incident.
"We are disheartened by the way this situation unfolded and the Customer's removal by local law enforcement officers," a Southwest spokesman said in a statement. "We publicly offer our apologies to this Customer for her experience and we will be contacting her directly to address her concerns."
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