Burbank Woman Detained For More Than 10 Hours For Painting Nails On Southwest Flight

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A Burbank woman was detained for 10 hours for painting her nails on board a Southwest flight headed to Houston.

Jeanie Daniels was on the flight on Feb. 26 to see her boyfriend, Jimmy Hauser, who lives in Houston. Daniels asked the passengers on both sides if they would mind her painting her nails. They said, ‘No, go right ahead.’

But a flight attendant wasn’t so obliging.

“I thought it was all going well until the attendant came over and was very upset I was painting my nails, saying it was offending everyone around me,” Daniels told CBS2’s Randy Paige.

Daniels went into the bathroom to finish and a second angry flight attendant was waiting for her.

“She said, ‘Weren’t you just told not to paint your nails?’ and I said, ‘Actually, I wasn’t. I was just told it was offending people around me so I did the right thing and went to an enclosed area,'” Daniels explained.

The passenger went back to her seat and was confronted by the first flight attendant.

“She said, ‘You just blatantly didn’t listen to my rules,’ and she just kept carrying it on and on,” Daniels said.

“She was getting so loud when I was sitting in my seat. I was like, just stop, and I was loud when I said…(expletive) because she wouldn’t end the conversation,” she added in a phone interview.

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Daniels’ slip led to her arrest at Hobby Airport. A Houston Police spokesman says the officers interviewed the flight attendant and a witness, then called the District Attorney’s Office to ask if they would accept the charge of “abusive profane language.”

The passenger said as she was leaving the plane she turned to the first flight attendant and said, while raising her hand, “High five — no hard feelings.”

That prompted a police officer to grab her raised arm, and ask, “Are you trying to hit her?”

The charge was later dismissed by a judge. After more than 10 hours in jail, Daniels was released.

Southwest Airlines released this statement about the incident.

“The Customer in question was taken into custody upon arrival in Houston for behavior she displayed while onboard a flight from LAS – HOU on Feb 26th.  The airport police became involved because of the passenger’s behavior and a verbal altercation with a Southwest Airlines crew member. Southwest Airlines is responsible for the safety of all of our passengers and Employees”

  • Rich

    Southwest flight attendants need to be better trained in deescalating situations .

    • donw

      Yes, because asking someone to put their nail polish away, in a polite manner is difficult to comprehend by passengers.
      The mentality in this country: I wnat it and I want it now OR I will do whatever I want to do, when I want to do it.
      Serves her right for being so obnoxious!

      • Qwibqwib

        Wow, martha! I am glad you are not in charge of this country! You said: “This twit is lucky she wasn’t slammed to the ground and hogtied for the remainder of the flight.” Why? For painting her nails? Should she be hogtied and slammed to the ground before or after a trial? You don’t think 10 hours of detention (remember, w/o a trial) was too much punishment? How long does it take the po po to figure out she is not a threat? She is not a threat by the way. Granted, that smell is horrible! I would have taken her polish and thrown it out the window! She is WAY rude for doing that on the plane, but slammed to the ground and hog tied? Have you ever heard of pol pot martha? He has a nice smile, google him! You and he would have LOTS to talk about!

      • The Bruce

        Here’s what I call obnoxious: the flight attendant waiting outside the bathroom door for the passenger to exit, and then harassing the passenger all the way back to her seat.

      • Nick

        Qwibqwib, you’d of thrown the polish out of the window of a pressurized flight? That won’t get you arrested or anything.

    • dragonwolf07

      you guys are so ridiculous, lol…wat a laughing stock of a country…a completely run of the mill every day activity is blown so far out of proportion that the airline attendants ‘provoked’ a law abiding citizen, then after provoking her decide to press charges leading to her arrest and imprisonment …way to go Southwest for da protection, why dont you protect the public from the stupidity of your attendants, Gestapo like tactics…wat a bunch of stooges the whole lot of you in America…shame on you …shame on you …look at wat you have become

    • James

      I guess the flight attendant should go work for TSA!

      • Cliff

        Well said, James!

      • Sgt Action

        Now that we have turned air travel into an excuse for the Government/Gestapo to treat us like Gitmo prisoners, the next logical step is to stop wasting all this money on making airports look like places of business. Let’s rebuild and redecorate in bare concrete block, iron doors, window bars and that funny green/grey paint that everything in the Soviet Union used to be painted. We can call this new American style “neo-Gulag”.

      • McSorley

        Not to mention you get some cop who is just dying to impress a pretty flight attendant escalating what was probably a non issue. Think I will swing over to the flight attendant web page and listen to how rough their job is dealing with the public as if that wasn’t what they signed up for in the first place.

      • ExLibris

        We can likely expect two things:

        1) Pretty soon, Flight Attendants will be called “Flight Safety Officers” (just as the minimally trained NON-police TSA agents have been re-branded as “Officers” to increase the intimidation/compliance factor)

        2) Nail polish will be added to the list of banned carry-on materials.

        Perhaps part of the story was left out of this article, but based on what was reported above, the attendants DID seem to needlessly aggravate the situation.

      • Raz

        No such thing as pretty flight attendant anymore.

      • Frequent Traveller

        There are pretty flight attendants… on Asian Airlines (JAL, Korean Airline, ANA).

      • Gary

        They sure are pretty. Pretty arrogant and antagonistic, not to mention pretty unattractive !!!!

      • PressOn

        More made up news after the coup and cover up. Unelected officials took over Washington and the media for domestic spying in addition to preventing the truth from leaking out. We have no democracy, president, and freedom of press is an illusion.

        Our next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out. Search PalinsDirtyLittleSecret for the biggest cover up in history

      • Cynthia

        Like the other airlines, Southwest would have allowed radical Islamists to fly unimpeded.

      • Chrissakes

        And pretty apt to stay that way.

        @Gary “They sure are pretty. Pretty arrogant and antagonistic, not to mention pretty unattractive !!!!”

      • Ralph Gizzip

        @McSorley: Pretty flight attendant?!? You haven’t flown recently, have you.

      • robertsgt40

        No kidding. It wasn’t like she was painting her nails with thermite

    • Emerald

      I think they get off on causing them.

      • Міша

        ChrisTopHer, according to the story, she went on to finish the paint-job in the restroom. Though I agree, that fresh nail-polish tends to smell pretty bad, it would still be an improvement to the bathroom smell.

        I fail to see, why the stewardesses continued to harass her after she stopped painting on the seat.

        And, yes, everyone, who flew more than once in the last few years, has an ax to grind with both the airlines and the TSA — for good reasons. This incident adds one more reason…

      • ChrisTopHer

        A lot of posters have an axe to grind against airlines and the TSA or other law enforcement. This story is about a woman who asked her row-mates if they minded her putting polish on as if that revolting smell wouldn’t leave her row. (And by the description of her, her row-mates probably didn’t dare to say no.) And then she loudly curses out the attendant who told her to stop. Sounds like a well deserved 10 hour timeout. I can only hope she also has to pay restitution for the jail transport and accommodation. Mind you, I’m all for resistance to Obama administration excesses. But just because this passenger acts like a pig doesn’t make this another Bacon’s Rebellion.

      • Kat

        Are you SERIOUSLY that stupid? or are you just faking it to give folks a good laugh?

      • Shredder

        To ChrisTopHer
        Admit it. You ARE flight attendant #1. Aren’t you?

      • Nunya

        You are an idiot ChrisTopHer, big time.

    • John


      I HATE the smell of nail polish. It literally gives me a headache, but once this woman was told it was offending people she got up and went into the bathroom to finish. NO HARM DONE.

      The flight attendants seem to think their itty bitty little bit of power gives them the right to be abusive.

      • Mark Milner

        Total harm done; it prevented passengers from using the bathroom for it’s proper function. The nail polish smell could also make the crew faint.

      • Diogenes

        If the smell of nail polish could make the flight attendants faint, then they are much too fragile to be in that job.

      • Gary

        What a joke: nail polish bothers them when they inhale jet fuel fumes hours on end. On the other hand, I seem to recal highly efficient ventilation scrubbers. What a joke.

    • dano

      This little heifer got exactly what she deserved.

      • Stacey

        @H Beale – What you said makes you a liberal, un-American, conspiracy theorist, crazy nut – JUST LIKE ME. It’s going to take the people to do something because whatever has highjacked our government has also infiltrated the top echelons of our military too. Our only hope right now is Ron Paul – I hope he goes independent. Even then, there is no chance they will allow him the presidency. Then what?

      • Archie1954

        I guess now considering your comment you are happy with an America where a woman painting her nails without permission is a ctriminal offense. Maybe eating a hotdog while walking will be the next criminal offense. Of course people like you cam always just hibenate in their houses until that becomes a criminal offense.

      • H Beale

        Wow! The comments on this topic are absolutely amazing. Never in my life, would I have believed that the American people would turn into the nazi’s we once fought against.

        You tattle tales, whiners, and spoiled overindulged pieces of trash have opened up Pandora’s Box and you don’t even know it. You are a disgrace! For the first time in my life, I’m ashamed to be one of your countrymen. I can only hope that the rest of the world does not judge the people the way you judged the woman painting her nails. I, for one, will not fly again, until the behavior of the TSA and airlines in general start treating customers like customers instead of treating customers like cattle.

      • gw

        Here! Here!! Theres alot of truth in what you say. Nazi’s might be a little harsh, as the TSA hasn’t begun gasing anyone yet. But I see your point. Once you let some of your freedoms go, the rest can falter easily. The kids on this/most post have know frame of reference for what you are saying. For them the Nazi’s are ancient history. Like the civil war too them. They’ve NEVER experienced ANY oppresion or restrictions. That’s why they have to protest not getting something for free. Sadly they are ripe for an absolute take over. They might even embrace it (like the Germans did). I can only pray that some true leaders rise from the depths. “Those who do not know history, are destined to repeat it”
        Totalitarion leaders do not take power all at once, it’s gradual. small bites at a time “for your own good”. First they came for them, next they came for me.

      • Rhynn

        No, actually she got what she would have deserved had she knocked these two out for jumping in her face.

        And since that is what we’re going to get whether we do it or not, that’ll be the way to handle American lames that want to cry like toddlers about everything and think they can run up like bosses every time someone else dares to live their own lives within their line of sight.

        Tired of people like these attendants, and sheep like yourself who sign off on this kind of madness all day long as long as it’s happening to someone else as well.

    • Jim

      iyou mean in flight waitress

      • makemyday

        We used to call them “coffee-jockeys” in the airforce (RAF)!!! Some of them behave like little tyrants – as they think they have all this power etc!! Flying today is getting absolutely ridiculous – especially on American carriers!!

      • Jack thomsen

        I don’t know what happened to my comment that mirrored yours. I was almost stuck in Tuscon because a gate agent wanted photo id for my two daughters!

        I protested and finally got a manager to inform the nit that I didn’t need passports for children on state to state flights… She had been so persistent and so obnoxious… I finally boarded but called her an idiot as I left..

        Then the captain came to our seats and told us to leave the plane… when we got our luggage.. we found all our wrapped Christmas presents torn open in our suitcases!!

        IT’s really all about turf and power… you just cannot give this kind of power to one citizen over another … for any reason… it’s just like corrupt cops.

        You give em a badge of any kind and you create a tyrant. So glad America West is out of business…. they never apologized or gave any excuses for tearing open our packages.

    • trcsteve

      I am simply upset that this story is so one-sided. Did anyone follow up with any of the other passengers? “Around you” could mean customers in front of or behind. Press statements are designed to be vague for legal reasons. The only real testamony we have is the “victim.” I know from working reatail that people WILL lie to avoid embarrassment or payment or, in this case, possible jail time.

    • NoBamaNoMore

      I’ve been on a plane when some nutty woman decided to paint her nails. The smell was terrible. The stew didn’t even have time to react because about 20 passengers immediately told the woman to put it away. Another time was a Korean woman opening a pot of kimchi. I’m not sure which was worse. People need to recognize the fact that we are close together in a closed tube for hours.

      • swissik

        Noboby would have said anything to the Korean woman you can be sure. People are afraid of the word racist. Southwest is the only airline I fly domestically, so now I guess I will have to think twice about that too. Flying is such an insult these days that most of us can do without. I drive when I can there in 48 hours with a night spent halfway. Much more pleasant than putting up with TSA Hitlers and now seemingly the Southwest Gestapo.

    • diane

      The flight attendant did not handle this well at all and virtually provoked the situation, then took the customer’s avoidance behavior (going into the bathroom) as some kind of challenge to her authority.

      I do not fly a lot but find the customer service airlines used to pride themselves on is gone. Most attendants are polite – maybe even friendly, at least one or two on any given flight are outright rude. The prevailing ambiance on a flight is that I, as a passenger, am now in the attendant’s cabin (not care) and will obey without question. The story last year about the women forcibly ejected from a plane for disagreeing with the attendant about an overhead bag is one facet. I find, espedially once landed, the attendants apparently go on ‘break’ – on one flight they bemusedly stood in a group at the back of the plane and watched my husband struggle with getting an overhead compartment open for almost 5 minutes when the latch was jammed – did nothing. Another flight with a layover one of the attendants ordered 10-12 of us to ‘get off’ like we were idiots when an earlier flight announcement had told us to stay on if we were continuing the flight. When one passenger started to point this out this attendant shouted ‘ just get off for Christ’s sake’. Ahhh. the friendly skies?

      The TSA and bag searches are enough of an indignity. Now the flight attendants. I drive and take a train whenever I can.

    • Rationalist

      The airlines seem to literally be doing things to drive away their customers. Up til now, I thought Southwest was the best – guess they are competing with American Airlines in more ways than on.

    • John

      Excellent comment!

    • John

      Southwest needs to take reality review course. SW is now off my preferred airline list.

    • Sorrano

      What a stupid joke America has become !

    • Pam

      Southwest Airlines used to have the last of the best flight attendants. They have forgotten all about customer service and fun. The last few times I have flown on SW the crew was sullen. These flight attendants need to remember who is paying their salaries!

    • Elron

      We are turning into a nation in which everyone seems to have a right to be offended by everything and a nation in which we expect the government, or in this case law enforcement, to enter every single interaction we have.

      Read this again: a woman was detained by law enforcement for using nail polish. Nail polish. And they were called because someones feeling were hurt.

      Wimps and sheep. You are all wimps and sheep

    • crmitchell

      Perhaps I am wrong, but it seems that most incidents of this type happen on Southwest – why ?

    • kenneth

      As an asthmatic,who is allergic to nail polish, when I run into a situation where nail polish is used in a public enclosed area [such as a coffee house] I immediately leave the building. When this woman went to the bathroom to paint her remaining nails she contaminated[from my perspective] another clean space. I’m glad I was not on that flight.

    • Don

      Sounds like these attendants have their PMS in synch.

    • Diana

      No one is addressing that nail polish, and nail polish remover can not be used while in the air because they are highly flammable. That is why the FAA made that rule, not the flight attendants. I am a flight attendant for American, and while I agree some airline employees can be rude and intimidating, many of us are not. We carry a manual with the rules the FAA wants us to follow, iif we let you paint your nails in flight and the FAA happens to be there annanounced, and sees that we failed to stop you, we get a Personal $1100.00 fine, that is why we have to be militant about some of the rules…… Hope this helps the public understand our side a little bit.

  • ES

    Has society really become this paranoid?

    • Echo

      It is far worse. Not only are we as paranoid as sheep, we have contracted the wolves to protect us.

    • Art

      Yesss !!! Crazy people should not be put in Charge of anything

      • Mark

        The crazy’s are best at faking the behaviours needed to pass the “political correctness.” test. therefor they are “most” qualified to advance to positions of power. Both corporate and political.

        Get used to it, the crazys are in power…

    • bruce brinkmann


      • jnsesq

        Amen, Bruce!

    • Ian MacLeod

      She did ask those around her if it would bother them and was told “No.” That stewie was abusively authoritarian, with NO give at all. What the girl did was a reasonable response, and considerate – bathrooms are VERY well ventilated in commercial aircraft.I know; I’ve designed a gasper system for ’em.The stewardess was way out of line, and afterward she just wanted to make trouble for the young woman, and THAT doesn’t say anything good for her training or the airline.

      From the responses, I can’t believe this is America, even now. And ten HOURS Like everything else happening, that’ is INSANE! The TSA is bad enough, Now the airline personnel are getting into the abuse, and the cop was just looking for an excuse to abuse. We’re coming down to the wire, and for me, it’s time to vacate the premises. As the Police State grows and gains more power, their are going to be more and more of these incidents. Petty people misuse what little people they have – usually only tom power to say, “No!” Then there are the ones with the guns; Firearms are all the power they need. American is a Third World country. It’s full of petty dictators. It’s the big one, though, who are going to finish ruining it. They are behaving ALMOST like the Schutzstaffel – the S.S. Sociopaths with unlimited authority, up to and including death. None have any compunctions about lying, and sending someone to prison with a lie is perfectly fine too.

      What do you suppose the cost of this little incident of shoving a young woman around was? Was it worth it? It’s time to go. There HAS to be comeoneplace more sane than this.


      • flag

        Gaspers are deactivated on SWA flights. Many of the bathrooms do not have any type of on/off twist valve. Point is it is policy, and for good reason, other pax hate it. Problem is the “I can do what I want” attitude. She was advised once that it was prohibited onboard, as per SWA policy, yet she proceeds to the lav to finish the job? Narcissist? ummhmmm

      • gw

        I agree. However the USA is still the last best hope (‘cept maby Australia). . Too most of these kids they look at WWII, the way we look at the civil war. Very few are alive that were involved are. And all they know is what they see in the movies. And the washed up hippies from the ’60’s teach them in college that America is just as bad as the Nazi’s, and they lap it up. And then protest that we should pay for the propaganda. Freedom doesn’t disappear all at once, it has to be taken slowly “for your own good”. These kids will learn I just hope the lesson doesn;t kill millions like it has in the past.
        “Those that DO NOT know history, are destined to repeat it”

      • Mark

        The LEO’s response was over the top agreed. I no longer trust LEO’s to be resasonble and teach my kids to not approach, LEO’s anymore becasue you invite trouble backed by the fed’s if you do. the outcome is very uncertain.

        The women is a lier, she was told the smell was bothering other passengers and asked to stop then retreated to a bathroom to continue painting her nails.

      • Cynthia

        If you found out she was a liberal democrat would that change your mind?

    • Old and in the Way

      Sadly, it’s not paranoia, it’s self-hatred. If it were paranoia, we would be afraid of terrorist. This is chasing your own tail and then biting it to boot! Pure idiocy on the part of SWA and the airport police. That’s why the judge threw it out.

  • Don

    I am old enough to remember wearing a suit & tie when I flew. Now you see slobs wearing flip-flops and beach attire. In my day, we just consumed alcohol to excess and behaved ourselves. Flying was cool. Now it is more like trailer park transit.

    • Dave

      not dressing up for a flight does not make you trailer park trash…..I wear what is comfortable and granted I won’t dress down for when I fly, I don’t dress up either….I usually fly in the summer when I do travel and I will wear shorts and a nice shirt…..but that doesn’t make me trailer park trash because I wear something that is comfortable….geeez some people

      • John

        Bikers have a lot more class than those you are hob-knobbing with in rent-a-nazi land. Why would anyone fly when there are alternative modes of transportation?

    • TW Lewis

      Amen Brother. I grew up dirt poor but was still taught to dress clean, Big boys wear long pants, tuck your shirt in and shine your boots. If you want to be taken serious, then dress and act it. sneakers and short pants are for the beach or little kids on the playground. I used to go to Las Vegas regular and remember when men wore Suits or sports jackets and nice shirts. Many casino’s had a dress code and would not let you in otherwise. Now its tank tops and shorts with flip flops, bikers and gang freaks. Very few places have any class anymore.

      • McSorley

        There actually still are plenty of places but you probably can’t afford to get in them. LOL

    • Dave

      More like cattle car transit. I’d wear a suit, too, if we were treated like we were back then.

      We’re not anymore.

      • McSorley

        Amen brother …your comment is right on.

    • The Bruce

      I like to wear my favorite tuxedo during flights. Here’s the catch: I also wear my skis.

    • kaosktrl

      I wear flips flops swim trunks and tshirts when I fly becuase of the TSA.

    • Echo

      It is fascinating to read the wisdom of a sage that can discern the depth of a man’s character from the cut of his britches. I offer a sincere apology on behalf of those of us not blessed by God as lavishly as you who are not up to your standards.

    • Grannysoon

      Indeed. I would never have imagined doing such a thing on a flight, as it might have annoyed others (fumes, etc.)…Yet today, nobody seems to care about anyone aside from him or herself, and this is a prime example of it. It did not merit a jail stay, of course. Common sense, which also seems to be highly lacking these days, should be applied on a far more routine basis. But I’m afraid that’s wishful thinking.

    • Ron

      Yeah, last time I flew SW they fed so much booze to some off-duty cops. The female was the worst and started using sexual suggestive comments really loud. I felt so bad for the young family near me that I turned and asked them to pipe down…of course their response…’do you know who we are?’. I think SW needs better training over all, including when to cut off the booze. Haven’t flown SW since.

      • Old Goat

        The only thing missing from a SW jet is a greyhound painted on the fuselage.

    • James

      I Am one of the very few non-business travelers who still dresses business casual with a nice sweater or collared shirt and non-blue jeans pants when I fly. And you could not be more correct…. 30 y/old men in flip flops and shorts and t-shirts. Ridiculous

      Ghetto & Trailer Park Transit indeed..

      • icecream

        Don’t insult the greyhound.
        Southwest should use the pigeon because they treat their customers the same way the pigeons do.
        Customer service…..Never at Southwest !!!

      • al Jay

        Well good for you

      • Stacey

        Good for you James but you sound like a troll.

      • eross

        Err.. i wear jogging shorts, flip flops and a T-shirt to reduce my TSA pat-down. I also don’t dress up much anyway. I must be Rediculous too.

      • KC


        Love it. Yes, people wear really gross outfits on airplanes. I am a woman in my 30’s and I always dress nicely on planes. I cover myself too because I figure no one wants to be sitting next to a stranger’s bare flesh. And a plane filled with nicely groomed adults makes for a more civilized flight.

        A guy sat next to me with a tank top with fat and underarm hair spilling out. I had to fight to stay calm. Perpetual adolescents are everywhere, but it’s important to keep your standards always.

      • Robert Frost

        So you get dressed up so peole will think you are important?

      • Kurt Belyeu


        I fly 150k a year and most trips involve two 12+ hour segments in the air. I think your an idiot for your comment.

        You can kiss my t-shirt and flip flop wearing A&&.

        Enjoy stinking the plane up with your sweat soaked suit.



      • Cynthia

        Amen! People are just adolescent slobs. They have no sense of class or what is proper anymore. You can usually tell a persons politics by how they dress and behave out in society – – – liberals and democrats are usually the poorly behaved, foul-mouthed selfish goons you see daily at airports and at the malls.

      • heinrich

        You must feel soooo elite. Who am I trying to impress. I have my family and we would love each other even if we wearing trashbags. i mean cmon, your talking about people your never going to see again for the rest of your life.

      • McSorley

        Yea your one of those east coast clowns who think what you wear says everything people need to know about you. Either that or some 50+ year old goof who thinks flying should be a right of passage only for those who are sophisticated enough. Just admit your a snob / elitist and be done with it. I personally dress business casual unless I am flying for vacation in which case dressing how one would dress on vacation in public should be fine. Quite frankly being stuffed into my 12 square inches of real-estate for 6 – 14 hours if I choose to wear some shorts so my legs are not dripping with sweat during the entire flight then that should be my prerogative. The one thing unique about america isn’t the sloppy dress on airplanes as I can take you to thousands of countries where that is the standard its this idea that some americans feel like they need to be in a permanent bubble free from noise, smells, and whatever else ails them about having to interact with others in public.

    • John

      Dressing up to fly a plane makes no sense. I agree you should dress appropriatly when you’re forced to sit next too close to people you don’t know, but a tie? C’mon… In your day you probably wore a suit when you took a shower

    • The Rukh

      Oh, I like that phrase, “trailer park transit.” I’m sure to use it later!

    • shadowspawn

      I wear sandals and loose clothes, all my dress clothes are usually checked in. I’ve been stuck in too many delays and layovers. One time we were stuck on the tarmac for about 2 hours, and no AC and I reeked to high heaven by the time my flights were done. Now, if it happens, I can just change into my suit either at the airport (did that once) or at the hotel first then wherever I have to go I’m dressed to the 9’s.

      I understand what you’re saying, but sometimes it’s just plain easier with security and comfort. If it was a private plane, yea I have no problem with a full suit, but I’m always on commercial flights nowadays.

    • Vicky Bevis

      OMG Don! You hit the nail on the head. We MIGHT fly to visit our youngest as it is a short hop, but other than visiting “rellies” for one last time in Australia next yr., ( & yes, it still is free, but losing ground every day like us.) I do NOT plan to fly anywhere for the rest of my retired life. I’m just “Flying beneath the radar.”

      • uninformedLuddite

        Vicky I hate to tell you but it isn’t free here in AU. It is getting worse every day. Thankfully we still have a lot of men in this country (as opposed to metrosexual types) who wouldn;t allow petty functionaries to behave this way towards others.

    • Ty

      Well,this isn’t the 1950s anymore, bud. I completely disagree with you.
      Passengers should be able to wear as they please.
      Why on earth would anyone want to dress all fancy just to ride on an airplane?
      I mean… If anything, wouldn’t you want to be comfortable? Who wants to sit in a seat for 8- 12+ hours in a SUIT? No. I’ll take my jeans and hoodies. Thanks.

  • diana

    Next time the Nail gun comes out!

    • Mo

      I make my wife wear a burka. We fly through security.

  • citizen

    Sounds like this attendant has a attiude problem. This woman should file a complaint and then sue.

    • Dave

      Most of them have attitudes. They’re a lot older than they used to be, also. I don’t about SW’s attendant’s, never dared.

    • barker

      It does happen.. I personally experienced an American Airlines attendant who tried to bait me, but I had the good sense to back off.

      She was just licking her chops at the prospect. Yet I had followed every instruction from the flight crew, and she didn’t even know that, nor ask.

    • dano

      CBS goes on in the story to make it appear that she is a victim- I just don’y buy it. The police would not have held her if she showed signs of respect- most likely they would have warned her and sent her on her way.
      I have people watched for a long time…I have seen this type of person on many a flight. and in many other venues.
      She simply believed rules do not apply to her…

      I have used obscure laws to wreak havoc on opponents… having to miss work to attend a court date, sometimes is an effective deterrent… but since she continues in her blather, I fault the judge now for dismissing it.

      • uninformedLuddite

        You say with pride that yo have used obscure laws to wreak havok on opponents? You are what we would call her in AU a wanker. You must have a great life.

      • H Beale

        Maybe you would be more content if a lynch mob got together and executed her.

        It must be interesting to live in your lala land of moral superiority. I’m sure you NEVER do anything that “offends” your neighbors. It’s good to be you, right?

    • Mark

      Maybe, or the young woman painting her nails is lying. I’m inclined to beleive the flight attendants. The young woman’s excuse about trying to paint her nails in an “enclosed” space in the bathroom on an airplane is stupid. It seems more plausible someone complained three rows away, the woman was told to stop, she then moved to the bathroom and continued.

      The actions of law enforcement was over the top. Good thing a decent judge heard the case.

  • emily

    another shining example of why i will never fly southwest. and no, it’s not the flight attendant. these passengers have made southwest into walmart in the sky.

    REALLY? painting your nails in an environment with recycled air flow with that smell? GROSS. hope she learned her lesson. that’s so thoughtless and rude. i expect that smell at the nail salon, not on my flight.

    • Dave

      Better than Body Odor. Ride a Greyhound in the summer!

  • Wow

    I can’t believe people are so dense as to side with this passenger. Think about it, she is fouling the air with pungent chemicals from her nail-polish that NO ONE can escape from. What does that say about her???? Then, after being told, probably nicely to “stop being an incosiderate beeznatch.” She does what? She marches off the the restroom to continue her selfish activity….Then SHE gets mad the at the attendant for balling her out for NOT following directions and for the most part telling the attendant to *F* off by doing it any ways….

    And you numbnutz side with her? Are you freakin for real? Tell you what, next time we’re on a plane together, I’ll peel my cheeks apart and blow farts in your face ok? So when the attendant tells me to stop…You can side with me.

    • Smack Dab

      Oh god, you are gross. Not the same at all. I think screaming children, babies and rude self important people are much worse.

      • McSorley

        I would gladly stick the bottle up my nose if I don’t have to listen to the snobby SOB business man in his suit throwing a fit about why he can’t get a “double” with his free drink coupon.

    • Adam

      You ever been on a 737. growapair? There are two lavatories in the rear of the plane, near the galley and aft flight attendant jumpseat. That is where you will find flight attendants. They most likely didn’t “follow her to the restroom.”

      Also, the air onboard an airplane is recirculated throughout the whole aircraft. Even the pilots can smell the nail polish and acetone-based nail polish remover.

      Using chemicals like this on an airplane is completely unthinkable, antisocial behavior. The passenger might not have been aware of this the first time she was told, but she sure was the second time she uncapped the bottle of the polish.

      She is not to be defended in any way. She was wrong, she got caught, she was embarrassed, so she decided to make stink about it (again).

      The flight attendants were doing their job.

      • .Mel

        It was Water based Nail Polish You Goof !!!

      • Martha

        The article didn’t say what the chemical composition of the polish was, but most are chemical-based and not water-based. Since there was a complaint about the smell, I am lead to believe it was a chemical-based polish. If she was filling the air with chemical smells and refusing to comply with official requests to cease, then Daniels is at fault. Whether the flight attendant was a jerk or not isn’t the issue — there was a reasonable and lawful order for her to put the polish away and Daniels refused to comply. When you fill the fuselage of a plane in flight with chemical smells you will get a very negative reaction from the crew and fellow passengers, and be arrested after landing. This twit is lucky she wasn’t slammed to the ground and hogtied for the remainder of the flight.

      • http://stercuilus65.wordpress.com stercuilus65

        Smartest post of the night!

      • judester

        If the pilots can smell something from a toilet I feel for them.

      • shaking my head

        while the passengers behaviour was no doubt poor – to be arrested is a bit much

      • Ralph

        Polish is allowed to be taken on board, so settle down moron.

    • Livefreeordie

      Yeah, never mind the fluoride in your water, or the mercury in your “vaccines” but that dang nail polish.. Maybe we should outlaw for “the safety of the children!”. Bunch of sheep.. Enjoying your police state much? It’s only getting better everyday..

      • cornczech

        plus two….right ON!!!

      • rod

        -1 . just because one is bad does not mean all are OK

      • rt54


    • Follow

      The charge came from her not following directions as a result of fouling the cabin…Then cussing the attendant when she was called on it…

      You’re the dumb f%Ck kind of person that flips off someone when they honk at you for cutting them off aren’t you? Yeah, we know the type.

    • Laine Prickrel

      so much better than the SCREAMING baby I endured from Austin to Las Vegas last fall. This kid screamed non stop the entire trip…I was on the verge of a stroke.
      Stay at McDonalds or stay home, but don’t subject me to that torture.

      • ExLibris

        Earplugs. Don’t leave the terminal without ’em. A couple sets of good earplugs is always on my list of travel accessories for just such conditions. They definitely help reduce or prevent the otherwise almost certain to appear throbbing headache.

    • Sensibilly

      The farting bit aside, this is the most intelligent post on the page. Stupid self-entitled woman thinks that she has ANY right to paint her idiotic nails on an enclosed tube hurtling through the air? Smoker’s mentality: “I wanna do it, so I’m gonna.” They should’ve thrown her off the plane mid-flight. God, are people ever inconsiderate…

      • Chris M


        I am astonished at the posts supporting the alleged lady painting nails in the closed environment! I demand AIR JUSTICE!

  • Jacob Reilly

    Trailer park trash can be found everywhere.

  • LaLaLa

    The lady all but admits she said “f&uK it I’m going to do what I want, so I’m more convinced it was HER that was the aggressor here. It’s not a matter of it being only 2 nails left to polish. COMPLY with the rules/show respect for your fellow passengers or drive to Houston next time.
    Once the police got involved this was no longer Southewest’s issue, however, we live in such a litigious society full of bogus lawsuits that I’m sure this prick will win a nice settlement for being obnoxious. Ugghhh

    • cornczech


    • Smack Dab

      COMPLY. Yes. That says it all. COMPLY. You must COMPLY. Sheep.

      • http://stercuilus65.wordpress.com stercuilus65

        “you must COMPLY Sheep.”

        That’s what you tell all your dates?

        BTW You sound like a real DBag who loves to trample over other people’s rights. Good luck with that DBag.

      • Mark

        In reality it’s the opposite, it’s becasue of rude/selfish people like this woman we get a lot of the draconian rules thrusted upon society. Had she simply appoligized for making the “stink” and put the finger paint away, this would have been a much different story. Instead she retreatd to the bathroom, “parsed” words saying she wasn’t explicitely told NOT to paint her nails and then hogged the bathroom as her own personal salon while a line formed waiting to use the facilities. I’t not about compliance, it’s about civility. Unfortuantly, you can’t legislate/regulate civilty which is what our government has tired to do.

        Now, the LEO’s actions were definatly over the top. thankfully a decent judge presided over the case.

  • Sam Sindaha

    Now were detaining bimbos

    • Mark

      Maybe we need a Bimbo test before one is allowed to fly.

  • Jan

    I’ am glad she didn’t sit next to me applying polish. The smell is bad enough in an enclosed area but I would have been irate if she spilled polish on me. Another person that thinks only of themselves. She should have been fined.

    • Robert Frost

      You sound pretty selfish yourself…

    • ExLibris

      Some of the newer nail polish products have virtually NO smell, yet I’ve heard people complain about it from several meters away. In some cases people are simply reacting to what they EXPECT rather than the reality.

      Most perfumes in my opinion are far, FAR worse than even the worst of the organic solvent-based nail polish products.

      • http://stercuilus65.wordpress.com stercuilus65

        Maybe your sense of smell has been destroyed by inhaling that toxin so much.

    • Claire

      It says in the article she asked her seat mates if she could paint her nails. If you’d sat by her you could have said no. If you said yes and the smell got too bad you still could politely ask her not to continue.

      Ohhh, she should have been thrown out mid- flight, the beotch inconvenienced me! Is your life so coddled that 2 seconds of inconvenience is that big of a hardship? Jeeze.

  • sycodon

    Probably a unionized Airtran employee. Southwest used to rock, then they bought Airtran and their unionized malcontents contaminated the whole organization.

    • Dave

      That would explain it. Union employess are horrible! I worked with some and I almost begged the union prez. to take his attitude outside where I could adjust it for him, he just ran the other way.

  • jwiz

    so if the nail polish is truly the issue, why stoop down to 5yr old levels and tell on her for saying a no-no word. awww poor babies

  • Liver Lips

    How did she get the nail polish on the plane to begin with? you cannot even take a lighter or a bottle of water through the screening process. TSA should be held accountable.

  • piece of work

    Look up aaaahole in the dictionary and theres a picture of Jeane Daniels.

  • Al

    Southwest being the fashion police again . . too fat . . too much skin showing . . no same-sex kissing . . now no nail color. Who appointed Southwest God? And if you don’t obey, I’m calling the cops! I’ve seen flight attendants painting their nails in flight, so don’t tell me it’s against policy and/or illegal.

    First, if TSA let her board with it, it’s okay to possess and/or use in flight; end discussion. Second, what’s this flight attendant stalking the passanger to the bathroom thing all about? Finally, if “abusive and profane language” is a crime in Texas, then the law is unconstitutional on its face. I’m guessing it’s a state statute, which then makes me wonder if the cussing even took place in Texas air space. Otherwise, the locals would have no jurisdiction, which leads me to wonder why the locals and not the FBI handled this . . hopefully the FBI saw this for the stupid that it is.

    Southwest needs to be fined by the FAA, the flight attendant needs to be fired, people should boycott Southwest so that they understand that the are not the world’s policemen, and the woman should sue both Southwest and the State of Texas cops for a good chunk of change to teach them a lesson.

    • Ace

      TSA lets you board with matches, too. Try using those on your next flight.
      Bottom line, it depends on the regulation of the individual airlines. Beyond that, it is common courtesy, or at least common sense. If the airline has a policy about it, they should have asked the passenger to relinquish the polish, without resulting in an argument. If she refused, let the airline and/or pilot handle it.

  • Patrizio

    I wish I had been on Southwest when the pig seated next to me clipped his filthy nails and let then drop on the floor!

    • Beebee

      That actually happened on a SW flight I was on on Sunday…this dude clipped his nails for literally 15 minutes, then brushed them all to the floor. Flight attendants nowhere to be found…

      • flag

        well God forbid a Flight Attendant told him to stop doing that. It would have made the evening news.

  • Scott

    The problem with today’s society is no delayed gratification.

  • Robert Frost

    The broad was from LA.

    • Zi

      Does it really matter.
      Its called basic common sense, This situation should of never gotten to this level of been detained for 10 hours.
      Is common sense a thing of the past?


  • michael donoghue

    so they tried to press charges against somebody for doing her nails in the bathroom and arguing with some catty flight attendant and most people here approve. what the hell happened to you people

  • H.P. Loveshaft

    What idiot wrote this headline? The woman was not detained for painting her nails. She was detained for her abusive and vulgar behavior.H

  • PatD

    Anyone stupid enough to paint their nails in a closed environment and make everyone else on the plane suffer with the stench of her toe-nail polish deserves whatever she gets. That doesn’t mean the airline didn’t over-react, but I just don’t care when the victim of one unreasonable F*CK is another unreasonable F*CK.

    • danny

      If you’d care to read the article again, and pay attention to the contents this time, she asked those around her if it would bother them and the said no.

      Maybe you should relook at who the “stupid” person is

  • Locke

    Why would anyone fly unless they had no alternative, it’s like going to a supermax prison.

  • Mr. Clusters

    So according to you, if she would have farted loudly….off with her head

    • jimmy a Swansong

      If she let one rip, everyone within hearin range would just laugh; farting s a universal game and funny to boot, just look surprised and point to the fat girl next to you

    • Linder

      People, people. Isn’t the real issue that she brought banned substances in her carry on?? It doesn’t matter if the other passengers were not disturbed. Those items should not have been in the cabin! Looks like she’s just another “the rules don’t apply to me” passenger.

    • turninblue

      It’s not just rude, it does affect other people. I have asthma and one of the biggest triggers is the smell of nail polish. Someone painting their nails in a plane puts me in a severe situation that I have no means of escaping from.

  • MrObstat

    The passenger got confused. The nasty chemicals in the polish have that effect on half the population, particularly in closed compartments such as airplanes.

    The flight attendant told her to “toe the mark” but she understood “mark the toe.”

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