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Florida flight diverted after woman fakes medical emergency

The woman wanted a larger seat on an American Airlines flight.
In this April 24 file photo, American Airlines aircraft are shown parked at their gates at Miami International Airport in Miami. A woman demanding a larger seat on an American Airlines flight is in custody after faking a medical condition that prompted the pilot to head back to Pensacola. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File) [WILFREDO LEE  |  AP]
In this April 24 file photo, American Airlines aircraft are shown parked at their gates at Miami International Airport in Miami. A woman demanding a larger seat on an American Airlines flight is in custody after faking a medical condition that prompted the pilot to head back to Pensacola. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File) [WILFREDO LEE | AP]
Published Nov. 29, 2019
Updated Nov. 29, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — A woman demanding a larger seat on an American Airlines flight is in custody after faking a medical condition that prompted the pilot to head back to a Florida airport.

Flight crews summoned authorities once the Miami-bound flight arrived back in Pensacola early Friday morning.

A Pensacola police spokesman says the plane was evacuated when the woman refused to deplane. Authorities and the plane’s pilot eventually succeeded in talking the woman off the plane.

Police say the woman was taken into custody under Florida’s Baker Act, which allows authorities to hold a person who could pose a threat to themselves or others.

The flight turned around shortly after takeoff, and there were no injuries.

The carrier’s website says the flight resumed its journey to Miami at about 7:30 a.m.

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