An Arizona man is suing American Airways after he says he spent 17 days in a New Mexico jail claiming the airline wrongly offered his title over a theft.
The lawsuit, filed Monday in Tarrant County District Court docket and obtained by USA TODAY, says Lowe boarded a flight to Reno, Nevada, on the Dallas Fort Value Worldwide Airport in Could 2020.
However earlier than the flight, a duty-free store within the airport was burglarized, in line with the lawsuit.
After the airport’s police obtained a search warrant ordering the airline to ship over journey information for the people who boarded the flight to Reno, the airline allegedly solely despatched Lowe’s info, in line with the lawsuit first reported by the Fort Value Star Telegram.
Greater than a yr after his flight, Lowe was visiting associates in Tucumcari, New Mexico, in line with the lawsuit. At a Fourth of July gathering, police have been asking attendees to supply their info after a disturbance. When officers took Lowe’s info, they noticed two excellent warrants from Tarrant County, Texas, for the person, which he says he was not conscious of earlier than he was arrested.
Lowe was taken to a detention middle in Quay County, New Mexico. The lawsuit stated Lowe was frightened about catching COVID-19 within the facility and in a “fixed state of concern of confrontation or abuse.”
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After eight days, Lowe stated he was taken to a decide who “offered no
clarification concerning his arrest.” On the seventeenth day of being in jail, he says he was launched, and despatched out of the power with no extra info.
It took Lowe two days to return to his house in Flagstaff, Arizona. After calling authorities in Tarrant County and the airport police division, he came upon he had missed a court docket look and that American Airways offered info to regulation enforcement officers.
Police in contrast Lowe’s mug shot with surveillance footage of the housebreaking, and officers later dismissed the costs in opposition to Lowe.
Lowe within the lawsuit stated he has suffered emotional and psychological tolls because of the expertise, in addition to monetary hardship in his job as an expert outdoorsman and information.
The lawsuit accuses American Airways of broad negligence for allegedly figuring out Lowe to authorities.
American Airways stated in an announcement to USA TODAY it’s “reviewing the matter.”