Published March 07, 2012
A California woman on a Southwest Airlines flight was reportedly arrested and detained after a verbal confrontation with a flight attendant regarding her nail polish.
Jeanie Daniels told WOFL that she was painting her nails in her seat on a Southwest Airlines flight from California to Texas last month when a flight attendant asked her to stop. Daniels then went to the bathroom to finish and later began arguing with the flight attendant, who waited outside the bathroom.
Daniels was handcuffed and detained for more than 10 hours when the flight landed in Houston.
"She started screaming at me and wouldn't stop,” Daniels told the station. "I said I'm sorry, I apologize and I put it away. About ten minutes into the flight I discovered I only had two nails left to paint so I thought well if I went to the bathroom and did it, it wouldn't offend anyone."
Daniels said the attendant got "so loud" during the initial conversation in her seat.
"I don't know what's going on with the airline or why the flight attendants have so much authority and just treat people so poorly," she said.
Officers requested the district attorney charge Daniels with "abusive profane language." The charge was later dismissed and Daniels was released from jail.
In a statement to KTLA.com, Southwest Airlines said airport police became involved due to Daniel's behavior and a verbal altercation with a crew member.
"Southwest Airlines is responsible for the safety of all of our passengers and employees," the statement read.