American Eagle, home of cramped CRJ 200’s and about 1000 different operators. However, one thing they don’t have is bigger seats, regardless, that wasn’t good enough for one woman who allegedly faked a medical emergency in protest.
Last Friday American Eagle flight 3508 had just departed Pensacola, Florida bound for Miami when a woman claimed she was experiencing breathing difficulties about 10 minutes after departure. The pilot then quickly turned around the ERJ-145LR and diverted back to Pensacola where the aircraft landed safely. After arrival is where things start to get interesting, once on the ground the woman admitted she had completely made up her claims of “breathing difficulties” in an attempt to try and get a bigger seat, which according to Seat Guru, the aircraft doesn’t have. She then refused to leave the aircraft which in turn caused the rest of the passengers to be forced to disembark, however, after a while, she agreed to leave the regional jet after authorities and pilots convinced her to get off, she was detained by police under the Baker Act and most likely questioned
After the incident passengers then reboarded and the aircraft left minus one passenger, arriving safely into Miami about two hours late. The CRJ has an all-economy class configuration and the only “Main Cabin Extra” seats are located in the exit rows, offering slightly more legroom.
N939AE, the aircraft involved in the incident seen here at Miami International full photo credit