Angela Siddell, a 74-year-old British grandmother of four and retired flight attendant, wound up arrested after her JetBlue flight from New York JFK to Costa Rica diverted to Orlando back in the fall. Now she’s suing.
She was on a trip to celebrate her retirement. She finished her tea and went to the lavatory. Cabin crew on the flight had done trash collection, but didn’t pick up her tea cup. She brought it with her, looked around for the rubbish bin in the galley, and gave up – leaving her cup and spoon on the counter for the crew to dispose of later.
A flight attendant confronted her, accusing her of throwing the cup in the galley. She says she tried to explain the situation but didn’t have the chance, as the flight attendant spoke over her. And she decided she wanted to file a complaint which didn’t go over well with the crew.
- File complaints later, after the flight.
- Don’t tell the crew that you’re stuck with for several hours that you’re going to do so.
- Because they’re still authorities on the aircraft and you’re stuck with them for several hours.
Siddell asked for the flight attendant’s ID number and the captain’s name. She says she was refused. Surely she knew that her flight details, and a description of the crewmember, would have sufficed. She could have taken a surreptitious photo! I’m surprised a career airline employee, whose late husband was a pilot, handled it so indelicately.
Wanting to document everything contemporaneously, she grabbed an air sickness bag. She tried to read the flight attendant’s name tag. And that’s when she claims that multiple crew members accosted her, shoving her against the plane’s rear exit door, causing a black eye and shoulder injuries. And, she relays, they handcuffed her with her arms behind her back, causing additional bruising and difficulty breathing.
The captain diverted. Once on the ground in Orlando she and her travel companion were handed over to police. I really look forward to learning the other side of this story!!
(HT: Paddle Your Own Kanoo)