Mum kicked off flight after refusing to sit in vomit-covered seat sues airline for £45MILLION claiming ’emotional distress’

A MUM who was kicked off a flight after refusing to sit in a seat covered in vomit is suing the airline for £45million.

Rosetta Swinney claims she’s owed the staggering amount for “emotional distress” following the dramatic April 2019 row.

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Rosetta Swinney is suing a US airline for £45million due to what the lawsuit says is the emotional distress she suffered at being kicked off a flight[/caption]

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Images featured in the lawsuit allegedly show vomit covering the seat and safety guides in the pocket in front[/caption]

She was jailed for 12 hours and her 14-year-old daughter taken into care after being escorted off a Frontier Airlines plane in Las Vegas.

The pair – who were travelling to Raleigh, North Carolina – claim they had been offered seats on the plane that were covered in sick.

Ms Swinney alleges her daughter got some of the vomit on her hands when she was stowing her bag in the overhead bin, Fox8 reports.

The shocked mum then complained to a flight attendant – who she alleges brought out gloves and wipes for her to clean the mess herself.


Swinney refused and allegedly walked to the front of the cabin to complain – when she was told she’d be thrown off the flight, according to the lawsuit.

Cops boarded the flight and apparently told her that while they “sympathised” with her she had to get off.

But a standoff resulted in all the passengers having to disembark – with staff allegedly blaming “one rude passenger”, the suit says.

The mum was cuffed and arrested in front of her horrified daughter after eventually getting off the plane.


Swinney, whose trespassing charge was dropped last month, told ABC11: “What really hurt me is for my child to see me getting handcuffed and taken away from her.

“Twelve hours I was in jail. Twelve hours.”

But Frontier Airlines insisted that the mum repeatedly turned down the offer of different seats – and was booted off for being “disruptive”.


In a statement days after the episode, a spokesperson said: “Two passengers told the flight attendants that vomit was present in their seat area.

“The flight attendants apologised and immediately invited the mother and her teenage daughter to move to either end of the plane so that the seat area could be cleaned.

“The mother and daughter were also told that once boarding was complete they would be provided other seats if available.

“The daughter was also offered cleaning products and invited to use the lavatory to wash up.

“The mother was unsatisfied with the response and became disruptive.”

They were also offered seats on another flight but refused – leading to the police being called in, the statement said.

It added: “The safety of passengers and crew is our top priority at Frontier.”

In the lawsuit, Swinney insists the airline’s version of events is false.

She is suing for $55m (£45m) due to the apparent mental anguish and emotional distress she suffered.

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Swinney and her 14-year-old daughter were booted off the flight after the mum became disruptive, Frontier Airlines insisted[/caption]

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Footage from the April 2019 row show Swinney being cuffed and arrested by cops in Las Vegas[/caption]

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Another image allegedly showing vomit on the seat that Swinney claims she was asked to clean up[/caption]

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