That is the case for an Arizona man by the name of Michael Lowe who was in the Dallas-Fort Worth airport when a burglary happened in a store in the terminal. Simply due to his resemblance to the perpetrator, Lowe was fingered as the criminal.
DFW police had a surveillance photo of the alleged suspect — which showed a man with a low buzz cut, a blue-navy shirt, and light-colored jeans. DFW police then used surveillance video to track the alleged suspect’s location to the terminal that boarded the same flight as Lowe.
But Lowe’s attorneys said the airline failed to produce “any and all recorded travel data for all individuals,” and instead, provided the DFW detective with only Lowe’s data.
On July 4, 2021, Lowe was on vacation in Tucumcari, New Mexico attending a Fourth of July celebrations, when he encountered police who were searching for someone who had caused a disturbance. When officers ran Lowe’s name and came across the warrants out of Tarrant County, Lowe was arrested.
In the lawsuit, Lowe’s attorneys said, “The terror Mr. Lowe experienced while imprisoned in Quay County for the next 17 days was existential. Placed in a quarantine pod, the facility’s contempt for the health, safety, and well-being of its inmates were immediately obvious, as not a single staff member nor inmate wore a face covering.”
The charges were eventually dropped after Lowe’s mug shot was compared to the surveillance footage, but the treatment of Lowe in New Mexico was so vile, that he is not letting the airline off the hook for falsely accusing him of a crime he did not commit.