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Passenger Facing Criminal Charges After Being Forcibly Removed From Southwest Flight

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The woman who was forcibly removed from a Southwest Airlines flight Tuesday was arrested and charged with a number of offenses.

College professor Anila Daulatzai was removed from the flight after she claimed to have a life-threatening allergy of dogs, two of which were already on the flight. She was asked to leave the plane after she did not show a medical certificate proving her allergy, according to WBAL-TV. Daulatzai refused, prompting her removal, which was caught on video by another passenger.

Daulatzai was charged with disorderly conduct, failure to obey a reasonable and lawful order, disturbing the peace, obstructing and hindering a police officer and resisting arrest, Lt. Kevin Ayd of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police told the Los Angeles Times.

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Southwest responded to the incident by apologizing, and said they would contact the customer directly.

The incident comes months after a video surfaced of a passenger being forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight. The passenger, who had a bloody face and concussion, later settled a lawsuit with the airline.

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