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Michigan mom suing Spirit Airlines, says daughter was removed from flight without her knowledge

Posted at 7:43 AM, Mar 22, 2019

DETROIT — A Michigan mother claims her 15-year-old daughter was booted from a Spirit Airlines flight from Tampa to Detroit without notice.

Now, she's taking action and suing the airline.

The alleged incident happened in April 2018 when the family was returning from Ft. Lauderdale and had to switch planes in Tampa.

Stacy Giordano had a seat with her son in the back of the plane, and her daughter was reportedly assigned to a seat in the front of the aircraft. That's when Giordano's attorney Jerry Thurswell claims Giordano's daughter was suddenly removed from the plane to make room for another passenger due to overbooking.

“They didn’t want to hear anything. They just pulled her off the plane," Thurswell said.

Thurswell said the teenager attempted to reach her mother by phone, but was unable to do so because of the airline's mandatory "airplane mode" policy on cell phones. Giordano's phone was not receiving messages.

The girl was put on another flight back to Detroit hours later. Giordano didn't realize her daughter was gone until mid-flight.

“You don’t just separate a child from their mother," Thurswell said.

“The safety and security of our Guests is our top priority,” Spirit Airlines said in a statement.

Thurswell said the airline refunded Giordano a ticket and offered her extra flight miles.

The family is suing for more than $75,000 in damages.