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Woman detained on Southwest flight after argument with flight attendant

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

A woman was detained on a Southwest Airlines flight after she got into it with a flight attendant. Now, she and her boyfriend want to know why it went so far.

It started with the passenger painting her fingernails while in her seat. The flight attendant asked her to stop, so she finished in the bathroom. When the woman used a curse word in a heated argument, two officers where waiting for her when her plane landed.

Jeanie Daniels was making her way in from California on Southwest Airlines on Sunday, February 26, to see her boyfriend who lives in Houston. But once Flight 1536 landed at Hobby Airport, she was handcuffed, taken to an HPD substation and thrown in jail for more than 10 hours.

"She was screaming at me and wouldn't stop," Daniels told us over the phone.

Daniels was painting her fingernails on the flight and a flight attendant asked her to stop because of the smell.

"I said, 'OK, I'm sorry, I apologize,' and I put it away. Then about 20 minutes into the flight, I discovered I only had two nails left to paint and if I went to the bathroom and did it, it wouldn't offend anyone," Daniels said.

But another flight attendant was waiting for her to exit the bathroom, and a verbal confrontation then ensued.

"She was getting so loud, while I was sitting in my seat, and I was just like, 'Will you stop!' And I was loud when I said, 'Stop bitching at me,' because she wouldn't end the conversation," Daniels said.

For using a curse word, two HPD officers were waiting for Daniels as she exited the plane at Hobby Airport. An HPD spokesman says the officers interviewed the flight attendant and a witness, then called the District Attorney's Office to ask if they would accept the charge of "abusive profane language."

Her boyfriend waiting to pick her up couldn't believe it.

"Two HPD guys that are, 'Just don't talk.' And they wouldn't let her talk and they are, 'We're taking you in,'" said her boyfriend Jimmy Hauser.

The abusive profane language charge was later dismissed by a judge. And after more than 10 hours in jail, Daniels was released.

"I don't know what's going on with the airline or why the flight attendant suddenly has so much authority and can treat people so poorly," Daniels told us.

Southwest Airlines says they will not comment on the incident.

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