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New York woman spends 3 days in jail for ‘trespassing’ after changing seats on plane

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A New York woman spent three days in a Seattle jail after flight attendants had her arrested for “trespassing” when she attempted to change seats on a flight to Alaska, KIRO reports.

Jean Mamakos, 68, of Huntington, New York, had just changed planes in Seattle as part of a cross-country flight with her ski group when she attempted to change her seat to an unoccupied one in an empty emergency exit row. According to Mamakos, flight attendants over-reacted, leading to an altercation that resulted in her being dragged from the plane in handcuffs by Seattle police.

According to Mamakos, she resisted arrest because she had paid thousands in airfare for her round-trip flight.

Mamkos said she attempted to move to an empty seat after the doors closed for takeoff but was stopped by a flight attendant.

“One of the stewardesses said, ‘Oh no you don’t,’ which stopped me in my tracks,” said Mamakos, who claimed she then attempted to move toward the front of the plane.

“So I went forward and another stewardess came along and said, ‘Give me your credit card,’” said Mamakos.

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Mamakos was told that switching to an exit row emergency seat was an upgrade.

“At that point, I decided no, I’m not paying $109 and went back to my seat,” she explained.

Returning to her assigned seat, Mamakos heard the pilot make an announcement.

“I heard the captain say there is a lady who wants to get off the plane on this flight. So we have to wait. I didn’t know that was me,” said Mamakos.

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According to Mamakos, she was then trapped by flight attendants telling her she was going to be removed.

“(They said), ‘You have to get off this plane.’ (I said),’No, I paid for this seat, and I’m going to stay here,’” said Mamakos.

In cellphone video taken by another passenger, Mamakos is asked by a Seattle policeman, “Do you want to come willingly or be arrested for trespass?” and Mamakos can be heard replying, “Whatever you have to do,” before being grabbed and pulled up the aisle by officers.

The registered nurse was booked on trespassing charges, fingerprinted, had her mug shot taken and then sent to the county jail where she spent the next three days because the courts weren’t open on weekends.

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Mamakos, who is currently suing United Airlines for $5 million, said of her ski group, “They enjoyed their ski trip and I had an experience in jail.”

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Virginia Democrats are so fired up that the party chair had to scold them: ‘Sit down — be quit’

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Democrats in Virginia are fired up as they gathered in Richmond for their annual gala dinner.

Political analysts believe the Democratic Party of Virginia has a good chance to win control of the state legislature in 2019's election, before setting their sights on the Commonwealth continuing its recent trend of voting Democratic in presidential elections.

Patrick Wilson, a political reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, attended the event.

He reported that Democrats were so "noisy" that it was hard to hear the speakers, which include presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

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‘Everyone knows what to expect’ at Trump’s Amway Center re-election kickoff

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Donald Trump considers himself a legendary salesman, but can he really sell America on giving him four more drama-filled years at the White House?

Tuesday, he'll make his big pitch.

The 2020 reelection kickoff rally is being held in Orlando, Florida and campaign operations chief Michael Glassner says the "historic" event "has already generated tens of thousands of ticketing requests."

There's little mystery about how the night will go down.

Expect Trump, the self-promoting hero of his ghost-written book "The Art of the Deal," to claim the US economy is richer, the military stronger, and the country more respected than ever in history.

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Florida man’s own family blasts him after he was arrested for racist threats: ‘This isn’t how we were raised’

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After a Florida man was arrested for trying to start a race war, a member of his own family slammed his values.

"A Florida man’s social media posts that threatened violence against African-Americans, Jews and homosexuals and that urged his followers to start a race war netted him a $1 million bond," the Miami Herald reported Saturday. "And then there’s another $100,000 bond he would have to pay to get out of Lee County Jail because of a weapons charge."

Joshua Leff, 40, is being held in the Lee County Jail.

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