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Spirit Airlines booted a teenager of flight without mom’s knowledge, lawsuit alleges

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Talk about unfortunate travel.

A Michigan mother sues Spirit Airlines for the removal of her 15-year-old daughter on a flight from Tampa to Detroit without her knowledge. Both the mother and the teenager suffered emotional damage as a result of the incident, the suit claims, demanding $75,000 in damages.

The incident took place in April last year, when Stacy Giordano flew with her daughter and son, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Detroit, Mich., WXYZ News reported, and the trip required the family to switch planes in Tampa.

Shortly before takeoff, the girl was pulled out of the plane”, by the Spirit of staff members without explanation, apparently due to overbooking, according to the family of the lawyer.
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According to the outlet, Giordano sat with her son near the back of the plane, while her daughter sat at the front. Shorly before the take off, the girl was pulled out of the plane”, by the Spirit of staff members without explanation, apparently due to overbooking, according to the family’s lawyer, Jerry Thurswell. Giordano’s daughter, had no time to talk with her mother, he added.

“They didn’t want to hear. They pulled her from the plane,” Thurswell told WXYZ. “You don’t only separate a child from their mother.”

Giordano did not know that her daughter was missing until midflight.
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The plane took off without a problem, and Giordano did not know that her daughter was missing until midflight.

Left alone at the airport for three hours, the teenager tries to contact her mother were unsuccessful, as Giordano had her phone on airplane mode. The teenager was then rebooked on the next flight to Detroit, Boston 25 News.

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Giordano and her daughter said to have suffered emotional damages as a result of the separation, as per the suit, with the mother having a panic attack and a feeling of extreme fear, horror, mental shock, mental anguish and psychological trauma” when she heard that her daughter was not on board the aircraft.

The family now wants at least $ 75,000 in damages, WXYZ reports.

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When contacted for a statement, reps for Spirit Airlines told Fox News that they could not respond to pending litigation.

“The safety of our guests is our highest priority,” a spokesman said.

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