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Woman Indicted for Trying to Block Man's Deportation

Swedish woman refused to take her seat on plane
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2018 1:03 AM CDT
A screenshot of Ersson on the flight.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – A Swedish woman who blocked a man's deportation by refusing to sit down on a plane is being prosecuted for "crimes against the aviation law," authorities say. Elin Ersson, 21, was indicted Friday for refusing to take her seat on a Turkish Airlines flight from Gothenburg on July 23, the New York Times. The 50-year-old Afghan man whose deportation she had been trying to block was eventually taken off the plane, though he was later deported on a different flight. Ersson could face a fine and up to six months in jail for refusing the crew's requests to sit down, the Guardian reports, though her lawyer argues that she didn't break the law because she left the plane when the pilot told her to. (Britain's chess federation recently helped prevent the deportation of a 9-year-old prodigy.)

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