Floridian passenger files $10M lawsuit against Southwest Airlines over mask issue

Published on : Thursday, January 27, 2022


It is according to the media, Florida woman files $10M lawsuit against Southwest Airlines for getting ejected over usage of the mask.

A Florida woman is filing a $10 million lawsuit against Southwest Airlines after she claims the airline kicked her off a flight for removing her mask to drink water due to a medical condition.

It is according to the news reports on January 7, the woman, Medora Clay Reading, 68, tried to fly from Washington, D.C., to Palm Beach, Florida. During the flight, the reading claimed she was pulled off the flight by employees because she kept removing her mask to drink water despite their warnings.

The reading said she needed the water because she had a heart condition, severe hypoglycemia, claustrophobia and fainting spells which are all triggered from wearing a mask.

The lawsuit, which was filed in New York district court, claims that after a long conversation between reading and a flight attendant about pulling her mask up, the crew member pulled her off the flight, which left Reading “confused, shaking, crying, unable to breathe through her nose, [and] hyperventilating. 

In a statement, Southwest Airlines said it could not comment on pending litigation.

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