By Mariah Haas, Morgan Evans
Published October 16, 2018
One day after she was reportedly pulled off a Delta flight, Tara Reid explained why she was deplaned and called out the media for reporting the incident in a "negative way."
In a statement the actress shared on her Instagram on Wednesday morning, Reid said, “It is truly unfortunate to see and hear various media outlets reporting about me in such a negative way. For the record to ‘TMZ and Delta Airlines’, These stories about me being kicked off the plane because of a disturbance are completely false.”
The “Sharknado” star then went on to describe the incident in great detail, explaining that she had pre-arranged to bring her 3-month-old puppy with her on the flight as her emotional support dog, and objected when a flight attendant asked her to place her puppy in her carry-on and in the overhead bin, calling it an “absurd request.”
“Then the flight attendant suggested that I put my puppy in the belly of the plane and I again refused another ridiculous suggestion,” Reid explained. “I gracefully declined and boarded the plane on my own accord without any incident and as you can see in the video no disturbance took place.”
The star concluded her statement by saying she didn't appreciate the “false reporting” from the media regarding the incident and also included a photo of her dog’s certification ID, confirming the puppy as an emotional support dog.
In another interview on Tuesday, the 42-year-old actress told Extra, "They wouldn’t let the dog sit next to me, so I wasn’t going to stay on the plane,"
"Of course everyone made a big deal about it," she added. "But I'm kind of used to that in my life."
On Monday, the "American Pie" star was reportedly removed from a Delta flight from LAX to NYC before takeoff.
At the time, TMZ reported that Reid got upset when she found out she was not given a seat next to the window, as she had expected. Flight attendants reportedly attempted to diffuse the situation, but the pilot announced he was turning the plane around – which had already pushed back from the gate – due to a customer service issue.
A rep for Reid had no comment when reached by Fox News.
A spokesperson for Delta previously confirmed to Fox News that "Delta flight 613 from Los Angeles to New York JFK-International returned to the gate, prior to takeoff, due to a customer disturbance on board."
"Delta apologizes to the remaining customers for the inconvenience and appreciates their patience as the situation was resolved," the spokesperson continued, noting that "the flight re-departed for New York following a short delay."
In a video obtained by TMZ, a flight attendant was seen talking to a woman identified as Reid, telling her that he'd gather all of her belongings and meet her "right out here with the captain."
Reid then was seen getting up from her seat — with a small dog in one arm — and walking down the aisle of the plane.
According to the celebrity gossip site, authorities were not called since Reid complied, and she was put on an alternate flight.
Following the incident, Reid shared a photo of herself back at work on Tuesday on the set of the film the "Fifth Borough."
"On the set of 'Fifth Borough' with my amazing director Steve Stanulis!" Reid captioned the Instagram picture, which featured the star smiling as Stanulis hugged her.