In the case of the Allegiant Air crew’s decision to boot sisters off an Asheville, NC-bound flight, the phrase, “There’s no such thing as bad PR,” may not apply. According to Travel Pulse, two sisters have called out Allegiant Air and are seeking punishment for one of the budget carrier’s flight crews after they were removed from a flight hours before their ill father passed away.
The sisters, Debbie Hartman and Trisha Baker, were traveling from Sanford, FL to Asheville, North Carolina, to visit their father in hospice care on January 1st.
Travel Pulse reports that before the plane left the tarmac, Baker said she received a text message informing her that her fathter had just hours to live. “After getting up from her seat to tell her sister, Baker was told to sit back down by one of the flight attendants.
The situation began to intensify when Hartman began having a panic attack, prompting Baker to confront the crew member.
“(My sister) said (to the flight attendant), ‘You’re being very rude. My father is dying, and I’m comforting her,’ and they said she needed to keep her personal problems off the plane,” Hartman told WKMG.
The sisters said that in a matter of minutes the crew alerted the flight’s captain, who turned back to the gate to allow airport security to remove them from the plane.”
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