A Mount Pleasant woman arrested following an argument with a Delta Air Lines employee at the Atlanta airport will take her claim to federal court next week.
Amanda Tuxworth and her business associate, Lisa Brown, arrived in Atlanta late on July 25, 2010, and missed their connecting flight to Washington. They waited in line at a gate, where an employee told them to report to another gate, according to court records.
Brown tried to hand her Delta Gold Medallion frequent flier card to the woman -- or threw it at the woman, according to a Delta filing -- but mistakenly gave the woman her debit card instead. When the employee refused to return the card, an argument ensued.
Delta officials say in court filings that Tuxworth tried to pull the card from the employee's hand.
Airline employees told an officer to arrest Tuxworth and Brown on disorderly conduct charges. Tuxworth remained handcuffed and jailed for 15 hours, according to her lawsuit.
She missed work and felt ashamed and distressed during the experience, the lawsuit says. Tuxworth accuses Delta, an Atlanta-based airline giant, of false arrest, malicious prosecution and defamation.
Delta officials deny the allegations in their response to Tuxworth's lawsuit. One filing says that the Delta employee felt threatened by Tuxworth, who tried to escape. It argues that the agent properly reported the incident to police, who properly made an arrest.
Tuxworth demanded a settlement between $150,000 and $300,000 at a failed mediation in September, according to court records. Delta offered between $10,000 and $30,000.
The case heads to trial Wednesday.
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