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(NEWSER) – A 68-year-old woman is suing United Airlines for $5 million because, she says, she spent three days in jail simply because she switched seats on a plane.

Jean Mamakos of New York had changed planes in Seattle en route to Alaska, and after the doors closed for takeoff, she attempted to move to an empty row. Flight attendants told her that if she wanted to sit in the emergency exit row seat, she would need to pay for an upgrade. "At that point, I decided no, I'm not paying $109 and went back to my seat," Mamakos tells CBS New York. But once there, she says, "I heard the captain say there is a lady who wants to get off the plane on this flight. So we have to wait. I didn't know that was me."

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