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Worst Airline Blunders of 2011: Sisters Kicked Off Plane for Crying

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Sisters Kicked Off Plane for Crying

There’s no crying in baseball, but on a plane? That should be fair game. Not so on a Southwest flight from Oakland, CA, to Dallas in July. Sisters Ricci Wheatley and Robin Opperman were heading to visit their father who had just suffered a heart attack. Wheatley, who admitted she’s a little afraid of flying, broke down while the plane was grounded. She says she asked a flight attendant for a glass of wine and claims the attendant quipped, “I think you’ve had enough.” The airline spokesperson says there was a “verbal altercation.” Whatever the case, the women were required to deplane and rebook a flight for the next day. At least there were no tears about extra costs: Southwest paid for their hotel room.


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