By Nicole Darrah
Published February 18, 2019
Elin Ersson, 21, was indicted in October by Swedish prosecutors for breaking aviation laws but was fined 3,000 Swedish krona, which translates to roughly $324 in U.S. currency, for her efforts, the BBC reported on Monday.
In July, Ersson, a college student and volunteer with refugee groups, bought a ticket for a flight from Gothenburg to Turkey after finding out an Afghan man on the flight was being deported to Afghanistan.
“I am doing what I can to save a person’s life. As long as a person is standing up the pilot cannot take off," she said. "All I want to do is stop the deportation and then I will comply with the rules here. This is all perfectly legal and I have not committed a crime."
An annoyed passenger tried to grab the phone from Ersson, saying she was upsetting others — to which the student replied: “It's not my fault that he's getting deported. I'm trying to stop this.”
“I'm trying to change my country's rules. I don't like them. It's not right to send people to hell,” she added.
The Afghan man who was being deported, however, had received a prison sentence in Sweden for assault, and his asylum application was rejected. The man was eventually deported to Afghanistan.
Fox News' Lukas Mikelionis and Kathleen Joyce contributed to this report.